Ever wanted some extra flavor in your rice, or in a sauce, but didn't have the time to chop and sautee everything? Or have everything on hand? In Puerto Rico, many rice, soups, or meat dishes have a base of recaito or sofrito.. made with a cilantro or culantro base. These are spicy - to your preference, and add a quick burst of flavor to rice and meat dishes.
3 bunches cilantro - coarsely chopped
8 jalapeños -seeded and finely chopped
5 bunches green onions - chopped
1 large garlic - 8-10 cloves, chopped
3 limes juiced
3 Tablespoons butter
Melt butter in saucepan, add everything except for the lime juice. Sautee until tender.
Add lime juice and simmer for a few minutes.
Place in spoonfuls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze for several hours or overnight - ice cube trays can also be used.
Place in individual snack baggies or in a large bag for future use - keep
stored in freezer.
Add as a base to rice, shrimp, or meat sauces for a quick, rich flavor.