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''Sofrito'' The Start Of Latin Flavor.

Updated on May 17, 2013

Sofrito

Simply put, sofrito is a fragrant blend of herbs and spices used throughout the world using the flavor profile from that region.
Simply put, sofrito is a fragrant blend of herbs and spices used throughout the world using the flavor profile from that region. | Source

What Is Sofrito

Sofrito is a Spanish word meaning lightly fried, and it's fragrant with herbs and spices but the sofrito I'm speaking about is the Puerto Rican sofrito ...It's a blend of onions, garlic and peppers and herbs that add a distinct flavor to what your cooking...And the reason for that is it depends on the region your cooking from, like Puerto Rico, along with onions garlic and peppers meaning sweet chili peppers they add cilantro as there main flavor profile.

In Cuba sofrito is made the same but the difference is the tomatoes and red bell peppers added to a nice ham stock or ham diced to give it a little sweet taste to it. The Dominican also have sofrito, and it's called sazón, and they use vinegar and a little achiotes peppers to make there flavor profile. Sofrito is very popular and is used in many dishes from beans to stews and even use on meats or in meats as a marinade.

So today I want to share with you the way I make sofrito and the way I'm making it is the way they make it in Puerto Rico but I'm also going to show you how to make then then freeze them so you don't have to make it everyday.

To begin here are the items your going to need.

1 ice cup tray

1 airtight container to hold the ice cube tray

Now the ingredients

1/2 pound of green peppers, diced

2oz of diced sweet chili peppers

1/2 pound of Spanish onions, diced

6 cloves of garlic, minced

8 cilantro leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and white pepper, to taste

Method of making

Combine all of the ingredients mix very well add sea salt and white pepper if needed, pour the sofrito mixture in to the ice cube tray place it into the airtight container and place in the freezer until it's needed.

Now that you have this great tasting meal starter I'm going to share with you a quick and easy kidney bean recipe that is made with the base of the sofrito that I'm sure your going to love.

Kidney Beans Over Rice

To start this meal please cook your rice according to the package then set on the side.

Ingredients

2 - 15oz cans of red kidney beans

1 frozen sofrito cubes

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 - 8oz cans of tomato sauce

Sea salt and white pepper, to taste

White rice

Methods

To begin I want you to drain and rinse the kidney beans, using a large sauce pan or pot on a medium heat melt and cook your sofrito cube in the olive oil saute for 1 minute then add the tomato sauce and let it come to a simmer, when it comes to a simmer add your kidney beans and let it simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat season it with sea salt and white pepper if need then serve the beans over rice.

Like I said it a quick way to make some tasty goodness but if you want you can get fresh kidney beans and follow the cooking directions on the bag then add this method of cooking to it and enjoy.



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