Jamaican jerk potatoes are a flavorful and spicy side dish that incorporates the bold flavors of Jamaican jerk seasoning. Here’s how to make them:
- 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes or small potatoes (red or Yukon Gold)
- 2-3 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish (optional)
Prepare the Potatoes:
- Wash and scrub the baby potatoes to remove any dirt. If using larger potatoes, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
- Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 8-10 minutes or until they are fork-tender. Be careful not to overcook them, as you want them to hold their shape.
- Drain the potatoes and set them aside.
Marinate the Potatoes:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the Jamaican jerk seasoning, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
- Add the boiled potatoes to the bowl with the jerk seasoning mixture.
- Toss the potatoes to coat them evenly with the jerk seasoning. You can use a gentle hand to avoid breaking the potatoes.
Roast the Potatoes:
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
- Spread the seasoned potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Roast the potatoes in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they develop a crispy and slightly charred exterior. You can flip them halfway through the roasting time for even cooking.
Garnish and Serve:
- Remove the roasted Jamaican jerk potatoes from the oven.
- Garnish them with fresh cilantro or parsley, if desired.
- Serve the potatoes hot as a spicy and flavorful side dish.
Jamaican jerk potatoes are a fantastic accompaniment to grilled or roasted meats, seafood, or as a unique addition to your next barbecue. The bold jerk seasoning adds a spicy kick, while the roasting process gives the potatoes a wonderful crispy texture. Enjoy the flavors of Jamaica in this delicious side dish!