September 15, 2014

Arepas: traditional Venezuelan corn bread

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I’m from Venezuela. We have quite a few traditional foods and Arepa is one of the most iconic ones. Since Saturday was International Arepas Day, I decided to prepare some and share the recipe with you guys.

If you haven’t heard of them, Arepas are a delicious corn flour bread that people fill with different things: butter, cheese, ham, avocado, meat, chicken, eggs, to name a few. There are many versions of Arepas but I’ll share with you the most traditional way to prepare them. Some people like to fry them, others make them sweet and others even use a different flour. Sometimes I add oats for additional fibre but that's very unusual. They are normally eaten for breakfast or dinner, and rarely during lunch. 

I hope you enjoy them!

Serves 6 Arepas, ready in 30 minutes (I made 3 times the recipe so that I could freeze some for another day)

-1 cup of pre-cooked corn flour (the most used one is called “Harina P.A.N”, some versions are yellow and others are white. Personally, I think both taste pretty much the same so I use which ever I find at the Latin or Arab market).
-1 and 1/2 cups of warm water
-1/2 teaspoon salt

1. In a medium bowl, add the flour and salt.

2. Slowly add the water and combine the mixture with your clean hands. Yes, use your hands! Make sure that the mixture is evenly combined and that no crumbs of flour are forming.

3. Spread some olive oil on a grill-pan and heat over medium heat (around 6 out of 10). Also preheat the oven to 375*F.

4. Start forming small balls of the mixture with your hands and then smash them carefully to form circular patties.

5. Add these “patties” to the heated grill and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden or lightly toasted.

6. When they’re ready, transfer them to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the patties look firmer.

7. Your Arepas are now almost ready to eat. Now, you only need to cut open your Arepas in half and fill them with your favourite toppings. Eat them with your hands and...

Buen Provecho!


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