Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nummy Sofrito- Not to be Confused with Pico de Gallo

No, this isn't the food from Ernest Goes to Camp. I left out the secret ingredient. This is what 2 green bell peppers, 2 red bell peppers, 1 yellow bell pepper, four white onions, 4 cloves of garlic, adobo, and a bunch of cilantro look like after going through the blender. It's called "sofrito."

In Puerto Rico they pour sofrito in EVERYTHING, it's their homemade spice. Arroz y habichuelas guisadas aren't possible without sofrito, which is why I whipped up a batch of my own. And no, I didn't use all of it. I should have enough for the next couple years.

While I was on my mission I discovered that the sofrito recipe was similar to pico de gallo, minus the tomatoes. I ate it with tortilla chips, which made my Puerto Rican companion dry heave. What was I supposed to do? Pico de gallo doesn't exist there.