Simple Puerto Rican Sofrito
Make a batch of homemade sofrito to use in your favorite Caribbean and Latin American dish. It is high in flavor but low in both sodium and phosphorus, which is often not the case in store-made versions.
1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
5 aji dulce peppers, stemmed and seeded
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and chopped
10 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 bunch cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
5-6 leaves of culantro (optional)
- Rinse all ingredients well before using.
- Add onions in the blender first, as they will be juicier once pureed, followed by all the other ingredients in small batches.
- Refrigerate a portion of your sofrito in an airtight container for use within 1 week. Freeze any extra in small containers or in an ice cube tray for up to 4 months. You do not need to thaw before cooking.
- Add 2 tablespoons of sofrito when you are making rice, beans, soups, and stews and enjoy.
Recipe contributed by Natasha Eziquiel-Shriro, MS, RDN, CDN