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Recipes for Awesome Arepas... Venezuelan Corn CakesBy Vicki McClure Davidson
If you've not eaten arepas (pronounced ah-RAY-poss) before, you don't know what you're missing. Easy-easy-easy to make, economical, and absolutely delicious.
Pre-made arepa flour is usually made from white corn, but there are yellow corn varieties available. The resulting cake can range from 3 to 8 inches in diameter, depending on the cook's preference.
There are a number of ways to make these lovely corn cakes, so I've included one text recipe and three video demos. They have many similarities in ingredients and a few significant differences. A few of the techniques also differ, but the end result is the same — delicious arepas. Make the recipe that appeals the most to you. In Venezuela, there are a number of variations and fillings, depending on personal taste and the occasion for which the arepas are being made. Some fillings include cheese, coconut, chicken, crisped pork skin, black beans, quail eggs, and shark. Arepas are perfect as party appetizers, since they don't require a fork to be eaten.
- 2 c. fresh corn kernels
- 1-1/2 c. hot water
- 2 c. instant yellow cornmeal or pre-cooked arepa cornmeal
- 2 tsp. light sour cream
- 1 T. sugar
- 1/3 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 T. unsalted butter or margarine
Place corn and hot water in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour into large bowl.
Add cornmeal, sour cream, sugar, and cheese,; mix well to form dough. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the dough (about 18 pieces) onto a wax-paper-lined baking sheet.
Roll each piece into a ball and flatten it into a circle about 1//4-inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. Gently press around sides to eliminate cracks.
Melt butter in a medium skillet over low heat. Add dough circle (in batches, if necessary) and cook 3 to 5 minutes per side or until golden and toasted on the outside but soft in the middle. Let cool to room temperature.
Serves 9 - 18 (1 or 2 per person).
Simply Deliciosa: Yellow Corn Arepas
Food Network, Bobby Flay: Arepas
FoodWishes: Arepas Recipe and Technique - Venezuelan Sandwiches
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Wikipedia.org, Arepa, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arepa).