Tag: Caribbean

Recaíto (Puerto Rican Sofrito)

close-up photo of recaíto in a glass bowl on a wooden surface

This green, herbaceous cooking base is one of the most essential ingredients in Puerto Rican cuisine. It is basically sofrito without the tomato sauce and so is an excellent substitute for any recipe calling for sofrito. They are so similar that some Puerto Ricans use the words as synonyms (see Sofrito Eggs). Recaíto contains culantro

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Sofrito Eggs

close-up photo of sofrito eggs on a small cobalt blue plate

This recipe does not actually contain (tomato-based) sofrito, but instead calls for recaíto (Puerto Rican cilantro-based sofrito). Perhaps, I should have named it Recaíto Eggs, but I learned this recipe from my husband and his family and this is what they call it, so it’s fine by me too. This dish is cooked quickly, almost

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Sazón (Puerto Rican Seasoning)

close-up top-down photo of sazon in an open glass spice jar on a wooden surface

The counterpart to adobo seco, sazón is another Puerto Rican seasoned salt – the difference being that while adobo is primarily used to flavor meat, sazón is primarily used to flavor vegetables. Traditionally, sazón contains ground annatto (achiote molido) for color, but I can only find whole annatto seeds in my area. I’ve learned the

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Adobo Seco (Dry Marinade)

close-up photo of adobo seco in glass spice jar on wooden surface

pectinAdobo seco is a Puerto Rican seasoned salt. Sprinkle generously on meat before cooking, to add a distinctive Latin flavor to your meal. Most basic recipes also include onion powder, but I modeled mine after a certain beloved store brand, which omits onion entirely, so now I prefer it that way. I’ve also added a

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Pollo Guisado (Chicken Stew)

close-up photo of pollo guisado in a black pot

I grew up in a diverse neighborhood in New York City, and as it happens, many of my friends and relatives are of full or partial Puerto Rican descent. As a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some really delicious Puerto Rican dishes. I’m still learning but I’ve been able to get a few of them down pat.

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