Arepas are the staple street food in Venezuela and Colombia. They are super easy to make and super delicious. They are made using Masarepa, a precooked cornmeal (different than Mexican Maza). The taste is similar to a Mexican gordita, but it has a smoother consistency, and they are stuffed with your favorite ingredients. Stuffing these babies are so much fun…the possibilities are endless. So far I have only made plantain arepas and cheese arepas–both delicious. But you can stuff these with shredded meat, chicken, veggies, or seafood. You could also try making a sweet version…I think that’s what I will attempt next time.
- 2 1/2 c. warm water
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 c. White Masarepa PAN brand (found in latin american store)
- Place 2 1/2 c. warm water in bowl
- Add 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp oil, and 1 egg and mix
- Slowly add approx. 2 c masarepa until it comes together into a smooth ball
- Form gordita-like disks about the size of your hand (you want them thick enough to cut through the middle to stuff)
- Cook on low/med heat in buttered pan about 6 minutes on each side
- Cut in half and stuff
- Fried Green Plantains
- Black beans
- Cotija cheese
- Sour cream
- Slice plantains 1/4 inch thick
- Fry plantains until they are cooked through
- Remove from oil and smash to flatten
- Fry again until golden brown
- Sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper
Note: You can slice the plantains as big/small as you want. I found that the big slices were easier to eat in the arepas, but the smaller ones were easier to make as they broke less often.
Arepas Sandwich Directions:
- Cut arepa in the middle and add sour cream to both sides.
- Stuff the arepa with black beans, plantains, avocado, and cheese.
- Now take a big bite and enjoy!