If you're staying on a resort, and expecting the same kind of food you get at home, it can be lack luster due to trading restrictions which impact both ingredients (spices, supplies, etc) as well as knowledge.
However, actual Cuban cuisine, with Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, is actually delicious!
We're down on the Island right now (hopefully having a blast) but before we left, I whipped up a Cuban inspired meal to get us excited for our trip: Shrimp in Mojo sauce!
Mojo sauce is a broad term for sauces that are made of 3 elements: Oil, Fresh Spices and Citrus.
Using the sauce as a marinade for the shrimp (and dipping sauce) served along side some delicious corn and some white rice with black beans (another Cuban staple), we feasted and got excited for our trip!
Mojo sauce is so easy to make and is delicious with everything from sea food, to chicken, to beef and pork. Heck, pour it over rice, it's so good.
Here's how to make Mojo sauce of your own in just a few minutes for some Cuban flavour!
Mojo Sauce - Yields approx 1 cup
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 cup fresh, flat leaf parsley, chopped small
- 1 tbsp tequila
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 3 cloves of garlic
1) Put all ingredients in a food processor and BLEND LIKE CRAZY!
That's it, that's the only step! So easy!
If you want to marinade your meat ahead of time in some of the sauce, use a few table spoons and include 2-4 tbsp of water (which lets the marinade move around the meat better)
Whoever said the food isn't inspired, never checked off the resort!