If you follow me on Facebook, you know I have been talking about making healthy versions of Puerto Rican food. Of course, if you want authentic tasting Puerto Rican food… you need an authentic Puerto Rican sofrito recipe! The healthy version, of course!
What is Sofrito?
Sofrito is a base used in most Puerto Rican dishes (rice, beans, soup, stews, etc). It is composed of vegetables used to flavor these dishes. This saves time instead of chopping vegetables and herbs (used as spices) everyday. You make this ahead of time and freeze to use as needed.
When you are going to use it, you add it to the dish you are preparing. You stir fry it a bit before you put it in your stock. The minute the sofrito hits the pan, you know something amazing is coming out of your kitchen. It seriously smells like heaven.
One thing to note is that homemade sofrito tastes a million times better than store bought sofrito. So please, please, please take a few minutes to make this very easy sofrito recipe and don’t buy the one from the store that is packed with sodium and Lord knows what else.
Oh, you know what else sofrito is? AN EASY WAY TO SNEAK IN SOME VEGGIES!
Now let’s make Puerto Rican sofrito!
Tools You Will Need:
Puerto Rican Sofrito Ingredients:
- 1 Bunch of cilantro
- 2 Small yellow onions (or 1 large)
- 2 Green peppers
- 1 Head of garlic
- 6 Aji dulces or sweet peppers (aji dulce can be hard to find)
- 6 Baby carrots
- 1/3 Cup of olive oil
Best Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe:
- Wash, peel, seed and chop everything.
- Throw everything in the food processor and puree.
- All done! (Sorry I have a toddler lol)
How to Store Sofrito:
How you store it will depend on how much you use it. If you cook with sofrito a lot, you can just store it in a medium sized container. If you don’t use it often, you can store it in smaller containers or in an ice cube tray (each slot holds 1.5tbsp).
You will keep some in the fridge and the rest in the freezer until you need it.
Sofrito Storage Essentials:
It’s extremely important to have containers that freeze well, if not they will break on you. If you are using ice cube trays, you will need one with a silicone cover (so your sofrito doesn’t get freezer burn) or you can cover your ice tray with Glad Press & Seal, which will also make it spill proof.