Sofrito sauce

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Achiote oil **
2 \N Green bell peppers; seeded, deribbed, and chopped
¼ cup Mild green chilies; chopped
2 \N Onions; chopped
6 \N Garlic cloves; chopped
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh oregano; or 1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup Chopped fresh cilantro; or 2 tbsp dried cilantro
2 \N Tomatoes; chopped
½ pounds Cured ham; chopped

My husband lived in Cuba as a child. I can give you a good Cuban version of sofrito. It's from "A Taste of Cuba," and we've enjoyed it many times.

Puree all the ingredients in a food processor. Place in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use in another recipe, or pour into glass jars, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

** To make achiote oil, heat 2 cups olive oil over low heat in a small saucepan. Add ½ cup achiote seeds and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a rich orange color is obtained. Remove the oil from the heat and let cool. Strain the oil through a sieve into a small jar and discard the seeds. Use the oil in another recipe, or store it in the refrigerator for later use.

Posted to TNT Recipes Digest by "Linda Lang" <llang@...> on May 5, 1998

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