Cuban cuisine is as varied as the origins of the country itself, where it has been influenced by African, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish cultures. Traditional Cuban dishes are made from readily available, inexpensive, simple ingredients and are usually prepared and spiced to make them more flavorful. Most Cuban cooking relies on the use of a few basic spices, such as bay leaves, cumin, garlic and oregano. Most of the food is cooked slowly over a low flame and you won’t find many dishes that are deep fried or covered with creamy or heavy sauces.
Many dishes have a sofritobase. A typical sofritois made from garlic, green pepper, onion, oregano and is quick fried in olive oil. The sofritobase gives the food its flavor and it is used when cooking black beans, many meat dishes, stews and tomato-based sauces. Root vegetables such as boniato(Cuban sweet potato), malanga and yucca are flavored with a marinade, called Mojo (pronounced MO-ho), which includes cumin, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, sliced raw onions and a little water.
Hand blended with a fragrant combination of garlic, black pepper, lime, orange, cumin and onion. Use it as a dry rub on the meat or add some beer and/or orange juice to the roasting pan. Cover and roast until the meat is done...it’ll be juicy and loaded with flavor!
Often referred to as "Spanish Barbecue Sauce", use this Mojo Seasoning to make your own Cuban Mojo dip, sauce or marinate for chicken, fish or pork by simply mixing 3 tablespoons of Mojo Seasoning with the juice of 3 limes (about 1/2 cup), 1 orange (approximately 1/2 cup) and ¼ cup of olive oil.
You can also use this Mojo Seasoning on grilled seafood, grilled chicken, boiled yucca and fried green plantain chips.
Serving Size 1 Teaspoon, Amount Per Serving: Calories 7.6, Fat Cal. 0.9g, Total Fat 0.1g (0% DV), Sat. Fat 0.0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g (0% DV), Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 1.1mg (0% DV), Total Carb. 1.7g (1% DV), Dietary Fiber 0.4g (2% DV), Sugars 0.0g, Protein 0.3g (1%DV), Vitamin A (0.1% DV), Vitamin C (4.0% DV), Calcium (1.0% DV), Iron (2.0% DV), Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.