- Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic, salt, and black pepper to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the sour orange juice and oregano until well combined. Place the sour orange mixture in a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
- Place the lard or olive oil in a separate small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Remove the cover of the saucepan away from your body and only enough to safely pour the lard or olive oil inside in one motion then replace the cover immediately. This should be done carefully because the liquid will bubble and spurt. Leave covered until the popping sound subsides, 3 to 5 minutes. This sauce does not keep well and should be used immediately.
This is a Cuban classic and makes a wonderful marinade for meats and poultry. Traditionally this is made with sour oranges. If those are not available, this version is great! The recipe comes from Beyond Gumbo.
Provided by PaulaG
Yield 1 1/2 cups
Number Of Ingredients 7
- Add all ingredients to a small jar, cover and shake for 2 minutes.
- Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Use as a marinade for meats and poultry.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 703.9, Fat 72.3, SaturatedFat 10, Sodium 5.2, Carbohydrate 16.4, Fiber 0.9, Sugar 7.8, Protein 1.6
MOJO CRIOLLO ROASTED PIG
- Make marinade: peel and mash the garlic cloves. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Let stand for a minimum of 1 hour. Strain marinade and then inject the marinade into the pig. Let marinate overnight, in the refrigerator, for best results.
- Open the pork by the belly, but do not cut or poke holes into the upper or side skin. Place the grease tray inside the Caja China. Tie the pig in between the grids, on its back, and place in the grease tray. Close the Caja China with the ash pan and charcoal grid. Allow 4 inches of separation between the roast and the ash pan. We recommend the pork be at room temperature at the time of roasting.
- Prepare the charcoal: we recommend Kingsford Charcoal because it lights faster, burns evenly, and lasts longer. Never use instant charcoal. Start with 14 pounds of charcoal for Caja China Model #1 and 16 pounds for Model #2. Place the charcoal into 2 piles of equal size, on each end of the charcoal tray. Never place charcoal on center of tray. Add lighter fluid and light.
- When the charcoal is lit for 15 minutes, distribute it evenly throughout the tray. Once this process is completed, roast pork for 3 hours, without opening the Caja China. Add more charcoal after 1 hour and distribute evenly throughout the tray. After 3 hours, wearing heavy-duty silicone mitts, remove the charcoal tray, ash pan, and dump the ashes. Then turn the pork over and cut into the skin, every 4 to 6 inches. Place the ash pan and charcoal tray, filled with new charcoal, back into position and continue the roasting process. Check the skin after 20 minutes, slightly opening the box by 1 of the corners. You can continue this process until the skin's crispness is to your liking. For a pig this large, it will probably require a full hour on its second side.
- Remove the pork from the Caja China. Deposit the contents of the grease tray into a container, let cool, and discard with trash. You can slice the pork with a plate; it is not necessary to use a knife.
MOJO ROAST CHICKEN (POLLO ASADO)
Mojo-marinated roast chicken, just like grandma used to make! Serve with white rice, which is the traditional way. It's also great with mashed potatoes or in sandwiches with Cuban bread or fresh rolls. You can use half the mojo recipe for a smaller bird, drumsticks, or thighs.
Provided by karmicflower
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until very hot. While the oil heats, mash the cumin, salt, oregano, and garlic together into a paste in a heat-proof bowl; whisk the hot oil into the paste. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Add the lime juice and orange juice; stir. Place the chicken in a large sealable bag; pour the marinade over the chicken and shake to assure an even coating. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange the marinated chicken in a roasting pan.
- Bake the chicken in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
Nutrition Facts : Calories 562 calories, Carbohydrate 2 g, Cholesterol 145.5 mg, Fat 39.8 g, Fiber 0.2 g, Protein 46.2 g, SaturatedFat 9.1 g, Sodium 501 mg, Sugar 0.6 g
MOJO GRILLING MARINADE
This mojo marinade is delicious for use with meats and fish before grilling. It's a great marinade for grilled flank steak, whole pork loins, and on whole rotisserie chickens! Meat and chicken should be marinated overnight, fish only needs one hour.
Provided by Deb Blagg
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Pulse the garlic and onion in a blender until very finely chopped. Pour in orange juice, lime juice; season with cumin, oregano, lemon-pepper, black pepper, salt, cilantro, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until thoroughly incorporated. Pour in the olive oil, and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 177.3 calories, Carbohydrate 4.4 g, Fat 18.1 g, Fiber 0.4 g, Protein 0.4 g, SaturatedFat 2.5 g, Sodium 183.7 mg, Sugar 2.2 g
CUBAN ROAST PORK WITH MOJO CRIOLLO
An excellent dish to serve for New Year's, when you're tired of traditional American food after all that turkey. This is my most requested recipe. It's easy to prepare, but you need to allow for a long roasting period for the meat to fall apart. The Mojo Criollo (onion/garlic) sauce is served on the side and is a nice accompaniment. Don't skip the marinating procedure for the Mojo sauce - it's just not right without it. I like to add the juice of two blood oranges to perk up the color - it's optional as it does not really change the flavor. Use any cut of pork roast -- I've used tenderloin, extra thick cut chops, picnic cut roast and everything in between, basically whatever is on sale. Just don't use the cuts that are packaged in a salt solution. You can substitute store bought crushed garlic from the jar for the garlic used in the marinade, but for the Mojo sauce, only fresh garlic will do. Black beans and white rice, and a green salad with avocado and vinaigrette complete the meal.
Provided by Loves2Teach
Yield 10 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Combine 1/2 of the grated garlic, all of the dried oregano, 2 teaspoons salt and the pepper into a paste.
- Score the trimmed roast with a knife point and rub the paste into the roast, then place roast in a gallon freezer bag or other dish/container that will fit in the refrigerator.
- Pour juice of 3 oranges, juice of 3 limes, the red wine, and 2 teaspoons of the lite olive oil over the roast, seal bag and turn the bag several times to combine the ingredients.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or the day before you plan to serve.
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Place roast and marinade in a roasting pan, cover with foil, and roast until the meat falls apart when pulled with a fork, 3 to 4 hours, up to 6 depending on the cut- it must become fork tender.
- Remove roast from oven and let it rest for 20 minutes, then pull roast into shreds with a fork, leaving the meat in the pan juices- it's ready to serve.
- Prepare Mojo Criollo: put onion slices in a bowl deep enough for the onions to be covered with the juice (I use a 2-cup glass measuring cup).
- Put the rest of the fresh grated garlic, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, juice of 3 limes and juice of 5 oranges and the optional juice of 2 blood oranges over the onions, press down to make sure onions are submerged in the juice.
- Allow the onions to marinate in this mixture for at least 20 minutes (important step).
- Heat 1/4 cup of the lite olive oil in a skillet.
- Quickly and carefully, pour the onions and all the juices into the hot oil and"stir fry" for about 2 to 3 minutes, just to soften the onions.
- Pour the Mojo into a serving dish and serve with the roast on the side.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 417.7, Fat 16.7, SaturatedFat 3.6, Cholesterol 156.5, Sodium 832.5, Carbohydrate 13.1, Fiber 0.9, Sugar 6.8, Protein 51
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What is the recipe for Mojo Criollo marinade?Mojo Criollo Marinade Recipe. 1 1 cup sour orange juice **. 2 1 tablespoon oregano. 3 1 tablespoon bay leaves. 4 1 garlic bulb1 teaspoon cumin. 5 4 teaspoon salt4 oz. of water. 6 4 oz. Pineapple juice (optional) secret ingredient in our Mojo Criollo.
How to make Cuban Mojo Criollo?An authentic Cuban recipe, mojo criollo cannot be left out when preparing a delicious traditional meal. Crush the already-peeled garlic along with the salt with a mortar and pestle until it is completely ground-up. Add the pepper and crush again. Next, add the oregano and mix everything together.
What is Mojo Criollo and how do you pronounce it?Also, so is our music here. What is Mojo Criollo? Mojo Criollo, or Cuban mojo marinade, --it's pronounced Moh-Hoh-- is this intense, savory, garlicky, sour citrus marinade that is used in Cuban cooking. And we use it on a lot of different meats here, not just chicken, but pork, beef, and even shrimp and other seafood.
What is Mojo Criollo sauce used for?The most popular used for mojo criollo is as a marinade for pork, steak, and chicken. The sauce has been celebrated as a popular for pork and is the namesake of Mojo chicken. Even seafood is an option, with shrimp and salmon as standout choices.