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