Spices can add intense flavors to the dishes that you prepare. They can add a touch of heat or the added component that simply brings out the natural flavors of the main ingredient. There are a few spices that are overlooked because you might not know how to use them, such as jerk seasoning. If you know how to use this ingredient, then you can prepare meals with flavors that make you feel like you’re on the islands.
If you’re looking for something simple to make for the family using Jamaican jerk seasoning, then you want to use chicken with the spice. Put a few chicken breasts in a crockpot along with mushrooms, pineapple and the seasoning for a meal that is somewhat like what you might get at a Chinese restaurant but with a little heat. You can also make a rub with the seasoning that you would put on chicken before it’s baked. Let the meat marinate for about an hour before it’s cooked so that all the flavors can settle into the meat.
If you want to combine the seasoning with other flavors, then add it to your favorite dips. Avocado or spinach dips work well with the seasoning. You could also try adding a bit of pineapple juice. When you’re using the seasoning as a component for dips that you make, you want to use just a small amount because it can be overpowering since you’re not baking off most of the flavors.
This seasoning can easily be used as a simple condiment. Sprinkle a bit on everything from fries to potatoes or corn. It only takes a small amount to add flavor to your meals if you’re using the seasoning as a condiment, so a bottle will likely last quite some time. If you know what you’re preparing ahead of time, you can get small packets of the seasoning to use instead of getting a large bottle if you don’t think you’re going to use the product in the future. Another idea is to sprinkle the seasoning on top of your pizza. Pepperoni pizza can be used, but if you want to bring out the Jamaican flavors, then consider sausage or ham and pineapple with the seasoning. Sprinkle the seasoning on top of your pizza like you would parmesan cheese.
A fun way to use this kind of seasoning is to add it to meatloaf. You can remove some of the tangy sauces used in the meatloaf, using the jerk seasoning instead. Another ingredient that you won’t need as much of is mustard. You’re going to want to use more ketchup and maybe one more egg or a few more bread crumbs because the seasoning can sometimes dry out the meatloaf. Sprinkle a little spice on top of the meatloaf before you put it in the oven. You could also add a few slices of pineapple on top of the loaf a few minutes before it’s finished baking for a Hawaiian dish.