Today I’m going to show you how to make arepas. Arepas are super popular in Colombia and Venezuela, they are delicious corn patties that can be opened and stuffed with pretty much anything you can imagine. They can be eaten during anytime of the day be it breakfast, dinner or even as a snack.
I’ve heard a lot about arepas from some lovely ladies from Venezuela and Colombia that I met at church. They sounded so yummy and simple that I decided to try them out myself. And as I expected they are freaking amazing. I literally make them like once a week. I like to make big batches to store in my refrigerator for the week. They’re usually gone before the week is over though.
I love my arepas stuffed with cheese. It’s simple yet very satisfying. Beans, shredded meat, and tuna could also be stuffed in the arepa. Some like it with just butter. As you can see they are very versatile. However you choose to enjoy your arepas they are sure to be delicious!
You will need a bag of this P.A.N. in order to make them. I found some at Kroger. You could also find it at any hispanic grocery store. One of my Colombian friends let me in on a little secret of hers. She says adding one teaspoon of sugar to the water gives it a better flavor. At first I was making them without the sugar but I tried it her way and she was right!
How to Make Arepas
Follow the instructions on the back of the package. Don’t forget the sugar! Mix until you have a smooth dough. Shape the dough into 8 equal sized balls. You can use a tortilla press to flatten these but I didn’t feel like getting mine out. So what I did was put it between two sheets of plastic from a ziploc bag. Then I used a heavy pot to flatten them. Don’t flatten them super thin because we have to open them later to stuff them. If they’re super thin it will be difficult to open them without them breaking.
Cook the arepas on a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. It’s important not to cook them on very high heat because then the outside of the arepa would be cooked but the inside would be uncooked. By cooking them on medium heat for about 5 minutes the inside of the arepa has time to cook properly while the outside browns a little.
The arepa should look something like this after flipping. Now let the other side cook.
I use a large cast iron skillet so I’m able to cook 2 or 3 arepas at a time which is a big help. Add a little more oil to the skillet as you go to help prevent the arepas from sticking. After they’re done let them cool down on a plate for about 10 minutes or until they are no longer hot to the touch.
Once they’re cooled down take a knife and split them open carefully. Stuff with your favorite fillings. My favorite is simple. Just some melty mozzarella cheese. Then I put it back on the skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes on each side until nicely melted.
If you’re feeling brave try it with some salsa macha. It’s insanely delicious!
I really hope you have enjoyed this post on how to make arepas. Arepas have become one of my favorite things to make in 2018. My husband and I really enjoy them! I hope you will too! If you like these arepas you may also like my post on how to make gorditas. Thank you so much for reading! Until next time! Besos!
how to make arepas
Arepas are a delicious and popular food in Colombia and Venezuela. Once you try them you will see why.
- 2 cups pre-cooked corn meal such as P.A.N.
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
Pour the water into a mixing bowl. Add the salt and sugar to the water. Now slowly add the corn meal while mixing. Continue to mix until you get a nice smooth dough.
Let the dough rest or a few minutes.Then divide into 8 equal sized balls.
Cut out 2 squares of plastic (I used a ziploc bag for this). Put a dough ball on one of the plastic squares then top with the other square. Then take a heavy bottomed pot to flatten the dough. Transfer the flattened arepa to a skillet over medium heat and cook for five minutes on each side. They should be browned with some darker spots as well.
Repeat the above process with the remaining dough balls. Once the cooked arepas are cool enough to handle use a knife to cut them open. Stuff them with your favorite fillings and enjoy!
Store any leftover arepas in the fridge.
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