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from NY, USA 1 cup masarepa/masarica/masaharina ( precooked fine granulated white or yellow cornmeal found at ethnic section of supermarket or ethnic grocers ) 1/2 tsp salt dash black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 large egg 1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup or as desired shredded mozzarella cheese ( optional but the cheese adds a nice texture and flavor ) butter, margarine or olive oil to cook Extra cheese or sour cream as accompaniment I love arepas ( Hispanic cornmeal griddle cakes ) but prefer a spongier texture so I added egg and some baking powder to the recipe. I serve this for lunch with a salad and a cup of soup. In a mixing bowl add cornmeal, salt, pepper, baking powder and mix well. Stir in cheese well. With a fork stir in boiling water well, then add egg and continue to mix well with a fork until dough leaves the side of the bowl. Knead dough together with your hands only to form into a ball. Pull off pieces of dough and shape into hamburger like patties, about 3 to 4 inch in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. In a nonstick pan or griddle heat some olive oil or butter or combination of both over medium high heat and cook arepas until golden brown on each side, turning once or twice on each side. Serve arepas hot with extra shredded mozzarella cheese piled over the top or sour cream if desired. Even tomato sauce taste great on them. Arepas also can be split in half with a sharp knife and made into sandwich filled with cheese and veggies.

Arepas 3


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(posted February 9, 2002)

from NY, USA

1 cup masarepa/masarica/masaharina
( precooked fine granulated white or yellow
cornmeal found at ethnic section of supermarket or ethnic grocers )
1/2 tsp
salt
dash black pepper
1 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1 large
egg
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup or as desired shredded
mozzarella
cheese
( optional but the
cheese adds a nice texture and flavor )
butter, margarine or
olive oil to cook
Extra
cheese or
sour cream as accompaniment

I love arepas ( Hispanic
cornmeal griddle cakes ) but prefer a spongier texture so I added egg and some
baking powder to the recipe. I serve this for lunch with a salad and a cup of soup.

In a mixing bowl add
cornmeal, salt, pepper,
baking powder and mix well. Stir in cheese well. With a fork stir in boiling water well, then add egg and continue to mix well with a fork until dough leaves the side of the bowl. Knead dough together with your hands only to form into a ball. Pull off pieces of dough and shape into hamburger like patties, about 3 to 4 inch in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick.
In a nonstick
pan or griddle heat some
olive oil or butter or combination of both over medium high heat and cook arepas until golden brown on each side, turning once or twice on each side.
Serve arepas
hot with extra shredded mozzarella
cheese piled over the top or
sour cream if desired. Even tomato sauce taste great on them.
Arepas also can be
split in half with a sharp knife and made into sandwich filled with cheese and veggies.



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+15 comments


from San Francisco, CA, United States wrote:1  0

I have to say I have never used baking powder and I don't think is a good Idea...
I have to agree that buying HARINA PAN and using it will make a huge difference in taste.
Adding some milk, and/or 1/2 teaspoon of sugar can add some nice flavor. Arepas are not meant to be spicy so I wont recommend the use of pepper, garlic, chilli, etc. If you want them to be spicy filled them up with something spicy
3 starsNovember 9, 2006


from Toronto, Ontario, Canada wrote:0  0

La receta de la arepa cambia si quiero cocinarlas y despues congelarlas, y dos o tres dias despues calentarlas en el microhonda. Gracias Martin
4 starsNovember 7, 2006


from Caracas, Venezuela wrote:7  4

It is better in the traditional way :) very yummy, I hope my wife Olivia will learn to do it :-)
2 starsJanuary 8, 2005


from Burnsville, NC, United States wrote:9  4

Arepas are best when the ingredients are simple. They taste great plain or stuffed with cheese, savory meat, etc. In Venezuela everyone from the street vendors to the nice restaurants made them using only water, oil and salt.
4 starsJanuary 6, 2005


from College Station,TX, United States wrote:10  5

There are different types of arepa, depending on regions... but it is very unpopular the idea of eggs and even worst baking powder or garlic powder... try the original recipe, just water salt and fresh cheese, and butter...mmhhhh yami,yami...
4 starsOctober 24, 2004


from Barcelona, Venezuela wrote:8  5

I agree with Mig from London, the original Venezuelan recipe is just water, salt and corn flour... and the finalesult is better than the picture above
3 starsAugust 14, 2004


from woodland, ca, United States wrote:6  5

it is so good! i like mine with just cheese, butter and,meat.
5 starsApril 27, 2004


from Manheim, United States wrote:5  5

Las Arepas son muy bueno con mucho azucar!
4 starsMarch 25, 2004


from Joliet IL, United States wrote:6  5

I'm doing a report on Venezuela and this recipe is a great way to win the teachers over very well!
4 starsDecember 29, 2003


from Washington DC, United States wrote:7  4

Arepas are better made with a specific pre-cooked corn flower call Harina PAN. You can find it on the web easely. Or visit your latin food store and ask for it. This flour WILL make a big difference in taste.
3 starsDecember 22, 2003


from Acworth, Georgia, United States wrote:5  5

Repas are delicious my grandmother makes them and she is from Bogota, Colombia.
4 starsDecember 12, 2003


from Santa Fe, NM, United States wrote:6  5

Having spent a great deal of time in Colombia, I have come to appreciate a good arepa made fresh. Arepas are naturally low fat if made traditionally and the addition of the egg and baking powder turn them more into a southern US griddle cake. Not bad, but
2 starsApril 5, 2003


from faquire, United States wrote:6  4

They're great with cheese! But don't eat too much or you'll get fat.
3 starsMarch 11, 2003


from West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago wrote:5  4

Arepas are very tasty!
3 starsMarch 11, 2003


from london, United Kingdom wrote:8  5

fine, but the egg and baking powder sound like an unnecessary addition (and calories) to me,try adding some flavour to the dough instead (chicken stock, chilli powder, oregano, olive oil) and arepas at their best are split open when hot and add cheese and
3 starsJuly 17, 2002


 
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