Sofrito is an important part of Puerto Rican cuisine. According to my mom, sofrito is a unique seasoning that is a special blend of fresh veggies, herbs and spices. It’s sort of like a salsa that you can cook with and adds a little pizzaz to your dishes.
Here is OUR family recipe for sofrito, which has been handed down for generations: from my great-grandmother to my grandmother, from my grandmother to my mother, and from my mother to me.
1 bunch of cilantro, with ends cut off
whole sweet onion, sliced
green pepper, sliced
one small fresh garlic bulb OR 2 tablespoons garlic powder
1-2 Tbs. green spanish olives, with pimentos
some olive juice
some “Adobo” Spanish seasoning (found in the Spanish foods aisle at most grocery stores)
(For the sea salt, oregano, pepper, and Adobo, I kind of just sprinkle some in- there are no measurements!)
1. Throw all ingredients (prepped as directed above) in a blender or food processor. (I’ve used both and a big food processor works better.) Blend until smooth. It should resemble green mush. Note: You may need to add a drizzle of olive oil to start the blending process.
2. Use in stews, beans, red rice, soups, chicken and rice dishes, etc.
3. I pour this mixture into ice cube trays and freeze them. When frozen, put cubes in freezer bag and take out as needed.
I just learned something new about sofrito when I called my mom to get her advice describing sofrito. She said my great-grandmother used to make this fresh everyday and my grandmother made it fresh and used it up in about a week. However, my grandmother later decided to blend it all up in a blender and my mom decided to freeze it because she wasn’t using the sofrito fast enough. Now on to me- I use it a few times a month, so I definitely need to freeze it! I generally use it within three-four months and it has still tasted great.
You can add sofrito to chicken and rice dishes, chicken and rice soup (I have a delicious soup I’ve created and will post soon), beef and pork, picadillo (a wonderfully seasoned ground beef served over rice), beans and more. The sky is the limit!
I will post recipes that use sofrito soon. In the meantime, break out the blender and get your sofrito on! You won’t regret it. 🙂