Ten Reasons to Embrace Mojo de Ajo Garlic Sauce

Ten Reasons to Embrace Mojo de Ajo Garlic Sauce


Mojo de ajo - let's discuss. It's a simple sauce made from olive oil roasted garlic cloves combined, primarily, with fresh orange and lime juice. You mash and blend the caramelized garlic with a short list of other ingredients until you have a thick, unctuous sauce capable of being both drizzled or slathered. You need it in your repertoire. I tend to use mojo de ajo more as a condiment versus a sauce, but you can go either route. It's great when you want to add a touch of flare, punch, or punctuation to a dish. There's a great version in the new Gjelina cookbook, and I thought I'd list off all the ways I've been using it this week, and also show off some snapshots of the cookbook itself.

- Drizzled and swirled over this carrot soup.

- Mixed into plain Greek yogurt, dolloped on a frittata.

- Slathered on grilled or broiled slabs of good bread.

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