How do you make Arepas?

Meredith

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How do you make arepas? They are so good! I always had them in Miami mostly, but I know they are in the Dominican as well. I've had them with just corn flour i believe, and with cheese inside...
 

Hillbilly

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Those are not Dominican. They are Venezuelan

Dominican arepas are usually made from yuca or corn meal.

I could get the recipe if needs be.

Those filled things are the typical Venezuelan arepas.
And they are delicious! I ate a ton of them in Caracas!!

Here we call them arepitas de yuca or arepitas de ma?z


HB
 

Meredith

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Hillbilly...

I've had chulitos de yuca in the D.R, my favourite, but they are different, than arepas.
I'd love a recipe if anyone could find one!
 

LazyGirl

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Arepas are made of a corn flour called "Harina Pan". It comes in a yellow package and it has a lady in front with a scarf type thing on her head. I am not sure if they sell it in DR but they do sell it in NYC and we (my family and I) make them all the time.
 
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Meredith

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Lazy Girl....

They do have corn flour in Canada, because I always make tortillas with it. So, can you tell me how to make arepas? Thanks!
 

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They do sell those packages in the DR.

I've seen them at Iberia supermarket in San Pedro.
Meredith.....have you tried doing an internet search for arepas?
I've found some very nice Italian,Indian and Thai recipes that way!
 

MommC

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Here's one I found.....

Arepas
(Venezuelan Corn Cakes)

2 cups corn flour for arepas
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated queso blanco
2 cups cool water (or more if needed)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and queso
blanco. Stir in enough water to make a firm, slightly moist dough.
Cover the dough and let it rest for 5 minutes. Divide the dough
into 10 pieces and form each piece into a ball. Flatten the balls
slightly.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Oil a griddle very lightly and warm it over medium heat. Cook the
arepas on the griddle for about 5 minutes on each side, until a
golden brown crust forms. Transfer the arepas to a baking sheet
and bake 20 to 25 minutes, turning them several times as they bake.
Serve immediately. Serve with black beans. 10 Servings
 

MommC

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This one is different......

Cornmeal Patties (Arepas)
Serves 4.

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup grated white cheese
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

In a small saucepan, combine cornmeal, water, and sugar. Cook over
low heat; stir constantly until mixture thickens; cool. Add cheese;
mix thoroughly.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat oil over medium heat; form
dough into small balls 1 tablespoon at a time; flatten with spatula
and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Makes 8 arepas.

Hope these help!!!
 

Meredith

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Thanks MommC...

I'll try them out for dinner tomorrow night and let you know how they come out!
 

Hillbilly

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The Dominican "Arepita de Ma?z " are almost like Corn bread.

They do add anise to the mix. I'll try and get some measuremente.

HB
 

MommC

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So..........?

We're waiting to hear how they turned out!!!
I've never made them myself (hubby wouldn't be impressed) but I do make tortillas and chapati.
 

Meredith

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Sorry, my internet is down...

I have to check it secretly at work now! ;)
I made the Venezuelan corn cakes recipe last night and they were pretty good, even minus the cheese! I baked them for about 40 minutes, just so that they were cooked all the way through! Excited, to try the other recipe too! They aren't the same as I had on the streets of Miami though. Maybe the other recipe will be different. Thanks tons!
They are easy to make, give it a try!
 

LazyGirl

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I've been eating arepas since I was a lil' girl and I've never had them like mentioned above baked with cheese. The way I was taught by my mom who was taught by her venezuelan friends is the way MomC mentioned...

"Cornmeal Patties (Arepas)
Serves 4.

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup grated white cheese
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

In a small saucepan, combine cornmeal, water, and sugar. Cook over
low heat; stir constantly until mixture thickens; cool. Add cheese;
mix thoroughly.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat oil over medium heat; form
dough into small balls 1 tablespoon at a time; flatten with spatula
and fry until golden brown on both sides.
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But instead of making small balls we make them medium size and we flatten them with our hands. We do not add cheese to the mix. After this is done we fry them until golden brown on both sides on medium to low heat but with plenty of oil (like deep frying), and the last step we cut them in half (sandwich like) put whatever inside. Personally I like them with cheese.
 

Meredith

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Lazygirl, you got it!

You just made my day! That is exactly what they were like in Miami, flat, and with cheese inside, that is it! I'm excited! Now, all I have to do is go by some corn meal! Thanks, you are a superstar! I'll let you know, how they turn out too!:cool: