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Sofrito recipe

Posted by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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I throw everything in the blender. I usually have to blend in 4 different parts since it all doesn't fit. After each batch is blended, I add to a huge saucepan. I refrigerate over night and let the flavors meld, stir a few more times, and then portion into containers to share and freeze.


2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

10 ajies dulces peppers, tops removed

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

4 onions, cut into large chunks

3 medium heads garlic, peeled

25 cilantro leaves with stems

25 leaves recao, or culantro

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

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epoh
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM
I use cilantro instead of culantro, and cubanelle peppers in place of the ajíes dulces.
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epoh
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Sofrito is a combination of aromatic ingredients which have been cut in very small pieces, and slowly sauteed or braised in cooking oil for 15–30 minutes. (Note: I've never cooked mine)


In Spanish cuisine, sofrito consists of garlic, onion, peppers and tomatoes cooked in olive oil, and is used as the base for many dishes.



In Puerto Rican cuisine, it is mostly used when cooking legumes, rice dishes, sauces, soups and stews. The two main ingredients that give Puerto Rican sofrito its characteristic flavor are recao (culantro) and ají dulce, but cubanelle peppers, roasted red pepper, yellow onions, garlic, plum tomatoes and cilantro, are also added. Sofrito is traditionally cooked with olive oil or annatto oil, tocino (bacon), salted pork and cured ham. A mix of stuffed olives and capers called alcaparrado is usually added with spices such as bay leaf, cumin, sazón and adobo.
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Steamedpuddle30
by Bronze Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM
That sounds good! I need to try this! Thanks!
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epoh
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Youre welcome :) It is so easy. It just takes a while to prepare. The amount I end up lasts us for months so its worth the time.

Quoting Steamedpuddle30:

That sounds good! I need to try this! Thanks!
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KamsOne
by Jen on Dec. 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

 I've never heard of it.  Sounds very flavorful!

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