Sofrito!

Sofrito

Look at how beautiful that is. Up until yesterday, I had no idea what sofrito was. I bought a container of what I thought was green salsa, and upon getting home, I actually read the label/

Home made sofrito

It is green pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic, culantro, cilantro and tomatoes all diced up super fine. What is culantro? It’s a type of herb used in Latin American cooking.

Culantro (Eryngium foetidum) is native to Latin America and the Caribbean and is related to cilantro. It has tall, stiff, serrated leaves with a prominent central ridge and a more penetrating aroma than cilantro. Culantro is used extensively in Southeast Asia and parts of the Caribbean, especially Cuba and Puerto Rico. In Asia, culantro is most popular in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, where it is commonly used with or instead of cilantro for soups, noodle dishes, and curries. The Vietnamese use it to wrap other foods.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make with it, so I conferred with my friend at work who I thought might be familiar with it. She sent me a link to a recipe, and I adapted mine from that with what I had on hand. I made Chicken Sofrito!!

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 cloves of garlic
1 can diced tomatoes (which I pureed of course!)
1 container of sofrito
1 cup chick peas (or black beans if you want!)
Cooked rice

In a large skillet, I added the garlic with a little Canola oil. I cut up the chicken into cubes so it would cook faster. Once the chicken was cooked, I just poured in the sofrito, the tomatoes and stirred in the chick peas and rice.

Jenn’s chicken sofrito

Has anyone tried sofrito before, and if so, what have you made with it? For less than $2.50 for this big container, it is an awesome deal!

My whole family devoured this!

8 Comments

  1. Christina says:

    Wow, how cool is that?! You’re just chock full of exciting new stuff this week! I’ve never heard of/seen/or tried sofrito before, but that chicken dish looks DELICIOUS!

  2. I’ve never had sofrito! Looks yummy!

  3. Shelley B says:

    Never heard of it, and the green peppers (we’re talking bell, right?) might stop my from buying it – but dang, that looks so fresh and you sure made a tasty dish from it!

  4. noble pig says:

    Love me some sofrito!

  5. sophia says:

    Wow, that looks good! I love that lush green color.
    Perhaps it’ll be good in an enchilada? Or on top of a steak?

    Sophia, I think both of those ideas sound great! Jenn

  6. Kerstin says:

    Mmmm, sounds like such an easy and tasty dinner! I’ve never had sofrito but will be on the look out for it!

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