Tasty Tuesdays: Arepas

Cesar and Denise grew up in Colombia, South America. There are many Colombian dishes, but one of the most famous is an appetizer called arepas. Arepas are the symbol of unity on the table; arepas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any time as a snack. One of Cesar and Denise’s family traditions is to eat arepas with a hot chocolate on a cold day, or with a cold soda on a hot day. Their family recipe is so simple and easy, it just takes 45 minutes to prepare, but the best part of eating an arepa is to feel and taste the melted cheese in your mouth--delicious!

 

Recipe for Arepas

 

This is a quick and easy recipe to make delicious Colombian arepas. They are usually served for breakfast, as a side appetizer, or even a quick meal.

 

Ingredients:

 

-1 cup warm water

-1 cup pre-cooked white corn meal

-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

-1 tablespoon butter

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-Cooking spray

 

Directions:

 

1. Mix water, corn meal, mozzarella cheese, butter, and salt together in a large bowl. Knead until mixed well and the dough has a soft consistency. Form balls the size of a medium orange and place them between two sheets of plastic wrap. Flatten with a rolling pin to desired thickness.

 

2. Cut dough into circles using a cereal bowl or a circular template, lip-down, through the plastic wrap. Then, remove the plastic wrap and remove excess dough.

 

3. Coat a griddle with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Based on the size of the griddle, begin to add the arepas and grill until golden brown, about five minutes per side. Best if served immediately after.

 

Tips

 

If the dough is too dry, add a little more water; if it's too moist, add more corn flour.

 

 

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