Garlic Cilantro Sauce

JEANETTE VARGAS, PEDRO’S WIFE, is a native of Wisconsin. They met in Seattle when Pedro was playing the conga and Jeanette was dancing. This garlic sauce recipe is her creation. I asked Pedro how the sauce came to be. “She likes garlic,” said Pedro. “A lot. She told me to put it in the blender. And so that’s what I did.”

First the yucca, then the dunk, then the Cubano sandwich


6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 bunch fresh cilantro
2 cups mayonnaise

Place the garlic and cilantro in a food processor and puree them. Add the mayonnaise and blend until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. The sauce can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 week.