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Sofrito – from DahliaLady
Sofrito [soh-FREE-toh] is a Spanish/Italian sauce made from sautéed garlic, onion and bell pepper. (Other ingredients are optional.) The veggies are sautéed over very low heat until very soft. The mix can then be added to other dishes. For example, omelets filled with a bit of sofrito and diced ham are wonderful.
The following information is taken from epicurious.com:
These directions are taken from a recipe on the same site:
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 tablespoon minced red or green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander sprigs
[Note: Coriander sprigs are also sold as cilantro. I chose this version because the coriander/cilantro would give it a Mexican feel, which fits the thread. However, the cilantro is not part of a classic sofrito. Also, cilantro is NOT the same thing as Italian parsley, although it looks like it. People either love it or hate it. I love it.]1 small garlic clove, minced
In a 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan cook onion, bell pepper, coriander, and garlic in oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
[When I cook this, I heat the olive oil in a 12" sauté pan over
a medium fire. When it's thoroughly hot, I add the onion and bell
pepper, and sauté them for a minute or so, to get them thoroughly
coated in the oil. Then I reduce the heat as low as possible, cover the
pan, and cook them, stirring occasionally, for at least 7 minutes, and
preferably 10, until very soft. Now I add the garlic and cilantro, and
cook for at least 5 minutes more. The end result should be meltingly soft.)