Homemade "sofrito" also known as "recaito" is an aromatic, herbaceous seasoning paste that is a base for many Latinx recipes. The ingredients used may vary per individual - based on culture, taste preferences, and family traditions. Sofrito can be used as a flavoring paste for "Pollo Guisado", "Habichuelas Guisadas", "Arroz con Guandules" to name a few. It can be added to just about anything savory that you want to add vegetal flavor to. Once prepared, sofrito can be transferred to an air-tight container and kept frigerated for up to a week. You can also transfer it to an ice-cube tray and freeze overnight to create 1 Tablespoon portions that can be stored and used later on. Frozen sofrito cubes can be stored in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months.
Yield: 20 servings
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Prep Time: 20 minutes
½ large red onion (7.5 oz), chopped into quarters
1 medium green bell pepper (8.5 oz), seeded and chopped into quarters
1 medium red bell pepper (7 oz), seeded and chopped into quarters
1 large ripe vine tomato (10.5 oz), chopped into quarters 12 garlic cloves, peeled
2 large celery stalks (2.5 oz), chopped in quarters Juice of ½ lime
Fresh cilantro leaves, rinsed and drained (4 oz)
In a large food processor or blender, gradually add ingredients, pulse together ingredients individually until well-combined and forms a smooth paste.
Stir well prior to use. If paste appears very thick, thin with a litter water.
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