Food - Drink
The Seasoning Base You Should Always Have In Your Freezer
By MATTHEW SPINA
Seasoning bases are a combination of aromatics that provide a foundation of flavor for dishes, and examples include the French mirepoix, the Cajun holy trinity, and Thai curry paste. If you prep your bases in advance and freeze them, you’ll never be more than a few minutes away from dinner, but there’s one base that rises above the rest.
Sofrito, a classic Spanish staple, is one of the most versatile seasoning bases, and a definite flavor upgrade from your standard mirepoix. To make sofrito, pulse an onion, garlic, bell peppers, green onions, and cilantro in a food processor or blender, then freeze the mix and just chip off however much you need when you're ready to cook.
You can also add spices like chili peppers or other veggies like tomatoes to your sofrito. Once your sofrito is frozen, don’t hesitate to use it for anything you’d like; make it the first thing you add to the pot when making comforting chicken and rice, add it to beef stew for extra zip, or you even serve it as a condiment over meat or fish.