I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and this is a great sofrito recipe. There are different variations on how to prepare sofrito; some people add ham, others add annato (achiote) to give it color, etc.
I personally leave out the salt and black pepper (this is the first I've heard of adding those seasonings to sofrito) just because it you want to have control of how much salt you will add to the dish (especially if you're in a salt restricted diet). If you aren't Puertorican and you're following a recipe from a recipe book or internet, you'll notice it will contain salt or adobo.
Usually recao (culantro), and ajies dulces (very similiar to habanero peppers but they are sweet), are hard to find (at least here in the northern states), so don't get frustrated, it's ok if you don't add them... trust me, the sofrito will still turn out to be great!
Kudos to you "FIVEBRIGS" for adding this recipe!!!
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I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and this is a great sofrito recipe. There are different...