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Sofrito/Recaito (Puerto Rican Cooking base) Recipe

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    Sofrito/Recaito (Puerto Rican Cooking base) Recipe


    1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in quarters
    8 cloves garlic, peeled
    9 ajicitos dulces cut in quarters, seeded removed.
    1 cubanelle pepper, cored, seeded, and cut in chunks
    1 large bunch recao/culantro coarsely chopped, including stems. About 1 ½ cups packed. Cilantro leaves may be substituted but recao is most authentic. Ease note that culantro is NOT the same as cilantro. Culantro is another name for recao.
    1 large red or green bell pepper, cored, seeded, cut in chunks.


    Peel and cut onion in quarters.

    Peel garlic cloves.

    Cut ajicitos dulces in quarters . Remove seeds. (I keep most of the seeds in)

    Core, seed and cut cubanelle pepper in chunks.

    Measure out 1 1/2 cups, packed recao or cilantro leaves and stems. Coarsely chop.

    Core, seed and cut red bell pepper into chunks. The red pepper is my addition.

    FOOD PROCESSOR: Add the onion, garlic, ajicitos dulces, cubanelle pepper, recao/cilantro with stems, and red pepper to food processor. Add ingredients in batches if your food processor is small.

    Pulse until finely chopped.

    Spoon out the Recaito into an air-tight container and store covered in refrigerator. Keeps for about three to five days.

    Storage: Freezes well. Put Recaito in small freezer zip-lockbagsand freeze.

    When ready to use, no need to thaw. Just add about 2 tablespoons Recaito (more or less to your preference) to oil in a pan and sauté for about 10-15 minutes on low heat, mixing occasionally. Recaito is now ready as a savory base to your latin food dish.

    I do this and pour into ice cube tray- then freeze. Once frozen, pop out the cubes and store in a ziplock in the freezer. Now you have your 2 tablespoons (approx) ready to pop into any dish you're cooking.


    • Dewesq55
      Dewesq55 commented
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      Who has ice cube trays any more?

    • Peej
      Peej commented
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      Haha! Dig DEEP into the back of those kitchen cabinets!

    • Marauderer
      Marauderer commented
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      I use ice trays everyday in my kitchen. ;-)


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