Food Word of the Day: Sofrito

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Sofrito….sofrrrrrito…sofrrrritooooo. Don’t you just love the way this word rolls off of your tongue? Sofrito is the base to many different dishes. To put it simply, it is a bunch of ingredients, such as peppers, onions, garlic, etc that has been minced small and cooked in oil for a very long time. But the thing about sofrito is that it is regional, and then even within each region, it differs between each family. A sofrito made in Puerto Rico would be different from say one made in Italy. So say you are making Puerto Rican rice and beans, you would use their sofrito as the foundation for the beans. It creates the base layer of flavor for the dish that is being made.  Luckily for you, if you don’t have the time to sauté and cook a sofrito for an hour, you also has the option of buying it pre-made at the grocery store. Goya sells an option made with tomato, onion, green peppers, cilantro and garlic.

-Juice

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