mojo de ajo

Pronunciation: [MOH-hoh day AH-hoh]

A Mexican garlic sauce created by slowly simmering diced or slivered peeled garlic cloves in oil and/or butter until pale golden brown. Slowly cooked this way, the garlic sweetens and flavors the oil. At this point, other ingredients (such as chiles, lime juice and cilantro or parsley) may be added. Sometimes the garlic-flavored oil is strained and served separately with the garlic-chile mixture. Camarones al mojo de ajo (shrimp with this sauce) is a popular favorite.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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