This dish was inspired by the wonderful jerked lamb at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant in Port Antonio, Jamaica. For the best flavor, marinate the meat overnight.

Recipe by Food & Wine September 1998

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Ingredients

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  • In a medium skillet, combine the allspice, cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves and cook over moderate heat until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Transfer the spices to a plate and let cool, then grind them to a powder in a spice grinder.

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  • In a food processor, combine the soy sauce, onion, garlic, scallions, oil, rum, thyme, salt, nutmeg and ground spices and process to a paste. In a large shallow dish, coat the lamb with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • Light a grill or preheat a broiler. Grill the lamb over a moderately high flame or broil for about 10 minutes per side for medium rare, rotating and turning the meat for even cooking. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let stand, loosely covered with foil, for 10 minutes. Carve the lamb across the grain and serve hot.

  • Wine Recommendation: The intense marinade gives spice to the lamb, narrowing the wine choice to a red with a pronounced pepperiness. But the plantains need something fruity. The solution? A fruity, spicy California Zinfandel, such as the 1996 Rabbit Ridge or the 1996 Alderbrook O.V.O.C.

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