Saturday, May 7, 2011

Arepa Recipe

An arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or cooked corn flour. It is a dish popular in some Latin American Countries such as Colombia and Venezuela. It is similar in taste to a traditional corn tortilla, but is thicker and can be stuffed with all kinds of yummy things!

Arepa Recipe

1 cup Maize Flour (see photo below-can be found at almost all supermarkets)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt, optional
shredded cheese, for topping

In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal and salt. Pour in water and mix with a wooden spoon to form dough. Using wet hands, form balls of dough out of about 1/4 cup of dough and press to form a cake.
Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the patties, to form a light brown crust on one side, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side. When all the arepas have been browned, transfer them to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 400*F. Serve immediately with topping or filling of your choice.  Makes 6-8 cakes.

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