If you haven't heard of Sofrito, you aren't alone!
It is a base for many dishes in Spanish and Latin American cooking. The recipe varies based on the country of origin; similar sauces are used in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Columbia, and Haiti just to name a few.
Our family thinks it tastes similar to Taco Seasoning and tomato sauce; this recipe however, is much healthier and fresher than dried seasoning packets - and fresher always tastes better!
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
*optional 10 cilantro leaves & stems
Remove seeds from peppers and peel onion and garlic. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until it makes a thick sauce, much like a non-chunky salsa or spaghetti sauce.
This recipe is incredibly forgiving; use what you have on hand. As long as there is tomato and onion, you can probably call it Sofrito. We have even used tomato sauce when we were low on real tomatoes. It adds an excellent flavor to all sorts of dishes. Sofrito can be used in place of taco sauce, as a sauce for meat, as a soup base, with meat inside empanadas, or even as sauce for a casserole or southwestern-style stir-fry. Even the onion and pepper-haters at our house like Sofrito-flavored dishes!
Next recipe posting: Wednesday, 12/07/11