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The New Black 01-31-2012 10:55 PM

Sofrito
 
A colleague gave some sofrito. Now what do I do with it? Any recipes?

Saria 02-01-2012 09:15 PM

Sofrito is cooked onions, peppers, cilantro, tomato, and garlic. There can be a few differences, but that's the basics of it.
I don't make sofrito ahead of time and puréed, but rather when I'm making a dish I incorporate the elements.
In any case, you should make Latin-style (as opposed to Spanish) arroz con pollo. I never make arroz con pollo the same way, so I can't exactly give you a recipe. Dominican style is called locrio and includes tomato. For what a lot of people consider arroz con pollo, though, you'll want to use annatto oil. First you season your cut up chicken, brown it in a hot pan, set it aside, pour out any excess fat in the pan, and pour in some annatto oil. Toss some sofrito in there and sauté until aromatic, then put your rice in and coat with the oil. Pour in your liquid (water or stock) --- same amount of liquid as rice no matter how much people tell you it's 2:1. :p
Bring to a boil, put the chicken pieces back in, and season well (liquid for rice needs to be well salted, you need about a tablespoon of kosher salt for four cups of rice) and when the level of the water meets the rice, get the heat as low as possible, cover tightly, and let steam for 30 minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley, or scallions.
That's just a rough outline. I do this depending on my mood and adding as I go along. Sometimes there's wine, sometimes there's tomato, and so on.
Daisy Martinez is good for sofrito recipes. She also has recipes for beans that are cooked basically like we do it in the DR (but she puts meat in hers, while ours are vegan most of the time).

http://beatrice-beezus.blogspot.com/...n-chicken.html

http://www.daisycooks.com/pages/recipes_main.cfm

If you don't want to make annatto oil, you can sauté some ground annatto in olive oil, or turmeric. If you have saffron, you can of course use it and it will be delicious.

The New Black 02-02-2012 08:30 PM

Thanks, S! The rice sounds good! I'll make that.

Saria 02-03-2012 09:06 AM

You're welcome. You can also make picadillo with it for empanadas. If you check Daisy's page, I think she has a recipe for it.

Jess the Mess 02-04-2012 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Saria (Post 1875549)
You're welcome. You can also make picadillo with it for empanadas. If you check Daisy's page, I think she has a recipe for it.

This totally. Yummy. I need to try but I'm so nervous that they wont be as good as my BIL's. I have his exact recipes but still...he's got a lifetime of cooking them on me.

SarcasmIsBeauty 02-04-2012 08:52 PM

Sofrito is awesome, I use it on my meat and rice.

The New Black 02-06-2012 11:18 AM

I made the arroz con pollo! And it was good! I even made my own annatto oil and everything! You were right, Saria, about seasoning the rice rather heavily. I couldve used more salt. But Ill know for next time. I do plan on making this again.

Saria 02-06-2012 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by PhoenixThNuBlak (Post 1878739)
I made the arroz con pollo! And it was good! I even made my own annatto oil and everything! You were right, Saria, about seasoning the rice rather heavily. I couldve used more salt. But Ill know for next time. I do plan on making this again.

Ooh, good to know! Yeah, when you taste a bit of water when cooking rice, it should be a little salty. And of course, the chicken pieces need to be well-seasoned. You can always adjust at the end, though. :)
The annatto oil is great to have around for other dishes!


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