this recipe goes out to my good buddy, whom we had over last night for cuban pork and plantain. he loved the meal, but i think it was the dipping sauce, MOJO, that really stood out to him! i promised i would post the recipe asap, so here it is, scott!
this tart, spicy sauce will knock the socks off of your next batch of plantains. i also think it would be amazing poured over a hamburger or baked potato. it would also make the PERFECT dressing for any steak or fine cut of grilled, smoky meat.
it is one of the best things to come out of cuba, so add it to your “awesome sauce’em” list, and pull it out for guests, or even just sunday night spice-ups. i’m having it to dress my salad for lunch this afternoon!
you can add as much or as little spice as you’d like here, but a lot is the way to go!!
this recipe makes about 8 servings for dipping, or enough to marinate a giant pork butt if you choose to use it as a marinade.
1/3 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced finely
2/3 cup sour orange juice, if you can’t locate this juice in your store, equal parts OJ:fresh squeezed lime juice.
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, to serve
method: get oil warm/hot over medium heat. do not let it roll!
add garlic and let it cook for 20 seconds before stirring the juice in, along with the spices. do not let garlic brown, you only need to cook it briefly or it will turn bitter.
cook for 5 minutes or so, allowing it roll gently & keeping it stirred well. taste and add more juice or spices as you see fit.
stir cilantro into cooled MOJO and serve cold.
seriously, people. this stuff is CRAZY good!