My wonderful and beautiful friend Veronica let me in on a little secret. I don’t know how I didn’t know about this, or why this is not already an American refrigerator staple. Sofrito–it is a Puerto Rican cooking base.
This stuff is so convenient for almost any of your recipes…from soups to stir-frys, to ground meats. Use this anytime you need a diced onion and green bell pepper, pressed garlic. Which for me is almost EVERY recipe.
Blend or food process 1 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 bunch cilantro, handful of garlic (5-6 cloves), a tomato and some green onions. You may need to add a drizzle of olive oil to help the blending. This makes a puree mixture, you can make it a little chunkier if you prefer. It smells vibrant and is colorful. Store in your fridge if you use often, or in the freezer if not. You can portion it out in ice-cube trays or small plastic containers.
With the cilantro, the mixture has a distinct Latin flavor. It smells like delicious salsa. If you omit the cilantro and the tomato, you will have a standard base for all your cooking needs.
Do yourself a favor. Just because we are eating fresh, real, food does not mean we can’t take short cuts!
Leigh (via Roni)