The first thing you need to know about making flavorful Puerto Rican food is how to make the base of most of the island's dishes.
You can use this sofrito recipe with almost anything you cook. There are small variations to bring out different flavors (example: when making Arroz con Gandules add diced tocino to sofrito). This recipe makes about 4 1/2 cups of sofrito.
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3 green bell pepper, deseeded, quartered
3 red bell pepper, deseeded, quartered
2 cubanelle pepper, deseeded, quartered
5 garlic heads, medium, peeled
4 onions, large, peeled, quartered
1 cilantro, bunch
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 recao bunches (about 50 leaves)
20 ajicitos , tops removed
6 ice cube trays
big bowl or pot
blender or food processor
Now you have fresh sofrito to last you for months. Anytime you are going to cook some rice, soup, beef stew, beans, etc. just throw in 2 cubes of sofrito. Add this mixture to anything you want to spice up!
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