What is sofrito? Have you ever noticed that most Latin dishes begin with lightly frying onion and/or garlic in some kind of rendered fat? That’s what I call fauxfogado. So, basically, it’s a condiment with meat, chicken, fish, cheese, whatever, added to a recipe and usually served on the side. Think of it as a marinade, but instead of cooking the food, you serve it as an accompaniment! And when the real fresh vegetables come out of the refrigerator, you’ll see that sofrito is usually the last thing on their menu.
If you’re looking for a great Sofrito recipe, you can’t go wrong by trying the classic South American original, called chitchat. This dish uses tomatoes, onions, cilantro, corn, chili powder, salt, and pepper to make a delicious spicy sauce. A sofrito recipe card will show you how to make this tasty sauce, which goes great on just any kind of sandwich. If you enjoy being adventurous, try making your own chitchat. You can use whatever kind of tomato you like, from mild to hot stuff, depending on what kind of heat level you’re looking for.
Other classic South American recipes also use sofrito in their recipes. One popular dish uses a carrot and a half, covered with flatbread (charleta) and topped with cheese and onion. Another uses onion, chili powder, cumin, garlic, black beans, and lime juice. If you love Caribbean cuisines, you will love these dishes, as well as the salsa that’s often served with them.
Some of the more common sofrito include those made with chicken, fish, and vegetables. Chicken and fish are common ingredients in Mexican dishes, such as tacos and burritos. Vegetables are also commonly used, such as jalapenos or onions, instead of the usual peppers. You’ll be adding your own type of seasonings to this recipe, such as herbs and spices.
In some Mexican dishes, they add green puree (or pinto bean puree), tomatoes, and onion. To make a green puree, simply put kidney beans, green chilies, onions, cream cheese, and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. You can use this green salsa on just about anything, from tacos to burritos, and it goes great on tortilla chips, bean dips, and even on nachos.
In this dish, you will be adding your own type of hot sauce, also known as “pico de Gallo” or “pico de guacamole.” These sauces go great with both the sofrito and with the salsa that you serve to guests. To make a sofrito, you will first drain the beans and then cut them into small cubes. Then, take the cubes and add the pico de Gallo, chopped onions, chili powder, cumin powder, black pepper, lemon juice, and black pepper. Freeze the cubes until ready to use.
You can serve your sofrito right from the freezer, but if you want to serve them right after defrosting them, you can place them in a food processor and process them. Another way to process them is by hand, but this can get very difficult. Once the ingredients are processed, you can add them to your food processor or blender, along with some liquid (water or broth), and puree the mixture until smooth and creamy. When finished, you can heat the mixture in your microwave until warm and serve immediately or put it into a covered container and sit for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
A popular choice of recipe for sofrito in Latin American cuisines is a chicken noodle soup called Bon Appetite. This soup has a wonderfully spicy and lemony flavor, especially when coupled with some fresh sliced white onions. If you are not familiar with Bom Appetite, it is basically a white bean soup that is very similar to the classic bowl of soup, except that it has a much stronger flavor. So, next time you are looking for an easy yet delicious recipe for a great meal, try a sofrito! The recipe for this soup is very easy to find on the internet and is a staple in many Latin American households.