The term Holy Trinity is often used to describe a mixture of three ingredients that are sautéed together to form a flavoursome base for many different cultural cuisines. These vegetables, herbs and spices can vary from country to country but the cooking process remains the same: slowly cooking them in either butter or olive oil.
The most common of these trios is the Italian Soffritto (also referred to as odori and battuto), a mixture of carrot, onion and celery all chopped and gently cooked in olive oil. In fact this combination forms the flavour base for one of the worlds best loved meals, a delicious Bolognese ragu. You may also find reference to this trio in French cooking where it is called a mirepoix.
Classic soffritto recipe
2 Medium Carrots
2 Celery Stalks
Olive Oil, about 1 tbsp
Firstly the vegetables need to be prepared, this can vary from roughly chopping to finely dicing them depending on the recipe being cooked and personal preference. I usually opt for finely chopping them as they then disappear into many a dish.
Once the vegetables have been chopped, heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add them to the pan. Cooking should take 5-10 minutes, continuously stirring during the cooking process, be careful not to have the oil too hot as this can burn rather than slow cook and soften. The end result should be softened carrots and translucent onions…..Now you’re ready to continue with the rest of your meal…..
As I mentioned before, there are trios in many different cuisines, by having the base ingredients in your home you can master a plethora of international recipes.
Thai, Ginger, Garlic, Chili, (and my added extras Lime Juice)
Indian, Garlic , Ginger, Onion
Spanish, Tomato, Garlic and Onion
Cajun, Onion, Celery and Sweet Peppers
Indonesian, Chili, Coconut, fish sauce
Add to these your herbs and spices, meat, fish and stock to form a number of delicious meals.