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The Basics

Sofrito

This is the base of many Puerto Rican dishes!

Ingredients:

3-4 stems & leaves of cilantro
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium to large green bell pepper
1 medium to large onion
1 medium tomato

If available, add:
3 recao leaves
3 ajices dulce (small sweet peppers)


Mix ingredients in a morter and pestle or in a food processor.

When ready to use, simmer on low heat in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil- olive, canola, corn, etc. This recipe for the Sofrito yields enough for an average recipe - if you double a recipe, then you would also double the amount of sofrito.

You may also make two, three, or more times the amount above and freeze the sofrito in small containers, to be used when you are preparing your next recipe!

Makes about 1/2 Cup e