← Back to Search Results
Cuban
Cuban Garlic Sauce

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

Mojo Criollo

This classic Cuban seasoning sauce is a wonderful marinade for meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables. Not only is Ana Menéndez an award-winning journalist and author, she is also a wonderful cook. In a fun and informative article Ana wrote about Cuban-American observances of Thanksgiving, she recalls that when she was a small child, “Roast pork was the centerpiece of the annual Thanksgiving meal celebrated by a Cuban immigrant family, bound together by common memories and hopes. As the years passed, the gatherings became smaller, culinary tastes changed, and turkey nudged the pig off the table.” Whether preparing a whole fifty-pound pig or a small turkey, marinating the meat in mojo before roasting is essential. Every family has its own way of preparing mojo criollo. Ana has been kind enough to share her recipe with us. This amount of sauce is enough to marinate a whole turkey. If marinating a pig, double or triple the recipe.

Yield: Makes about 2¼ cups

Ingredients

  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon whole cumin seeds, or to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crumbled
  • 1 rosemary sprig or bay leaf
  • 1 whole head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups fresh bitter orange juice, or 1 cup regular orange juice and 1 cup fresh lime juice

Directions

Toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Pound the seeds with a mortar and pestle and stir them into the oil, along with the oregano and rosemary. In the same mortar, crush the garlic and salt to make a smooth paste. To make that operation easier, you may want to crush the garlic in a garlic press first. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the oil mixture until fragrant. Do not let it sizzle. Let the oil cool, then remove and discard the rosemary. Place the oil, garlic mixture, and bitter orange juice in a blender and blend well.


© 2006 Beverly Cox
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 9 servings.

71kcal (4%)
12mg (1%)
15mg (25%)
3mcg RAE (0%)
72mg
5mg
0g
2g
0g
4g
0mg (0%)
389mg (16%)
1g (4%)
6g (9%)
0mg (1%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

raos-cookbook Rao's Cookbook
by Frank Pellegrino
the-asian-grandmothers-cookbook The Asian Grandmothers Cook...
by Patricia Tanumihardja
bistro-cooking-at-home-more-than-150-classic-and-contemporary-dishes Bistro Cooking at Home: Mor...
by Gordon Hamersley
the-sweet-life The Sweet Life
by Kate Zuckerman
the-splendid-tables-how-to-eat-weekends The Splendid Table's How to...
by Sally Swift, Lynne Rosetto Kasper
martin-yans-china Martin Yan's China
by Martin Yan
lucid-food Lucid Food
by Louisa Shafia
parents-need-to-eat-too Parents Need to Eat Too
by Debbie Koenig
a-new-way-to-cook A New Way to Cook
by Sally Schneider
the-south-american-table-the-flavor-and-soul-of-authentic-home-cooking-from-patagonia-to-rio-de-janeiro-with-450-recipes The South American Table: T...
by Maria Baez Kijac
big-fat-cookies Big Fat Cookies
by Elinor Klivans
125-best-cupcake-recipes 125 Best Cupcake Recipes
by Julie Hasson
urban-italian-simple-recipes-and-true-stories-from-a-life-in-food Urban Italian: Simple Recip...
by Andrew Carmellini
ham-an-obsession-with-the-hindquarter Ham: An Obsession with the ...
by Bruce Weinstein, Mark Scarbrough
how-to-be-a-domestic-goddess How to be a Domestic Goddess
by Nigella Lawson
salmon-a-cookbook Salmon: A Cookbook
by Diane Morgan
Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay

Sign in to Cookstr

Keep me logged in
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?