A couple years ago, Trader Joes performed one of its classic product disappearing tricks on one of our household’s staples, the TJ’s “Mojito” simmer sauce. This was one of the few sauces that did not contain stuff we were allergic to and that was not too spicy, and when we discovered it had been discontinued we bought all the remaining jars we could find. A year or so ago we used the last jar.
I’ve spent a bit of time on what I think is a faithful reconstruction of the sauce. It’s pretty simple.
2/3 cup good quality orange juice
3 T lime juice, or more, to taste
3 T rice wine vinegar
3 T olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, diced very fine
1/3 medium onion diced very fine
1-2 t dried oregano
1-2 t ground cumin, or more, to taste
a good grinding of pepper
salt to taste
1/2 cup peas
Proportions are not terribly critical, but I think that the lime juice and cumin are important to balance. I use a food processor to chop the onion and garlic very fine indeed. Just put everything but the peas in a bowl and whisk. I usually sin by also whisking in a bit of corn starch, to help consistency.
This is great with chicken; cut a couple of chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes and marinate for a little while, then dump it all into a largish skillet and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally until done, generally less than ten minutes. Add the peas a few minutes before the chicken is fully cooked. Serve over rice.
[updated: fixed horrible spelling mistake. I am very tired.]