Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sofrito... A Spanish Seasoning Blend

If Spanish food appears in your kitchen often, this could be a great addition to your seasonings and quite the time saver! This is something my Tio (Uncle) showed my mom how to make when she married my dad, who is Puerto Rican. I've added some anheim chili peppers to give it my own spin. When all the peppers and onion, garlic and cilantro blend together the flavors become much more intense and therefore you only need a 1/4 - 1/2 cup when making something like Picadillo or yellow rice. Store this in the freezer in an ice cube tray or in the fridge, if you use it up quickly as I do. It is SUCH a time savor since you won't be chopping up all the ingredients for every dish!

Sofrito:

2 bunches cilantro
1 green bell pepper
2 anheim chili peppers
1 ENTIRE head of garlic
1 large yellow onion
1/4 cup or so olive oil

Peel garlic cloves, chop peppers and onion in chunks just large enough for the blender to process. Puree all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge OR freeze in ice cube tray. Use desired amount to flavor dishes!

8 comments:

John said...

Looks like that would be delicious. I think sofrito (or, the Italian version soffrito) means "semi-fried" or "under-fried" or something like that--I use the Italian version as the base for a lot of thing--including my tomato sauce. It is kinda like mire poix with a kick.

Spryte said...

Yum! And what a time saver!

Donna-FFW said...

This is a fabulous idea.

Reeni♥ said...

This is so vibrant and fresh looking! Great idea to freeze it!

Karine said...

This looks to be full of flavors! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

Rhandi said...

Sounds awesome and looks bright and flavorful. I can't wait to create some fun dishes with this.

Anonymous said...

Hi, try the new Gourmet Sofrito Verde in most Shoprites and Price Chopper stores. This one is unique and all natural unlike the frozen one that is sold made with MSG and other preservatives. Gourmet Sofrito Verde is like making it yourself but better because all you do is open the container.

Anonymous said...

Gourmet Sofrito verde comes frozen and is all natural look for it in the frozen food section.