How to make Arepas Reina Pepiada

How to make Arepas Reina Pepiada

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25 m
Calories: 240
2 people

Welcome to the delicious and colorful land of Arepas Reina Pepiada! This traditional Venezuelan recipe is a typical dish from the Andean region that has captivated palates worldwide with its unique flavor and texture - soft on the outside and crispy on the inside. But the Arepa Reina Pepiada is not just a delicious meal; it is a piece of Venezuela's culinary and cultural history.

It's said that the Arepa Reina Pepiada was created in the 1950s by the famous Venezuelan chef, Luis Caballero. The original recipe involved stuffing a corn arepa with shredded chicken and guacamole, but over time, the recipe has evolved and become a much more elaborate and rich version.

To prepare the perfect Arepa Reina Pepiada, it is important to keep some key points in mind. We've listed them at the end of this article.

Ready to dive into the world of Arepas Reina Pepiada? Let's go!

Ingredients for How to make Arepas Reina Pepiada for 2 people

  • 2 cups of precooked corn flour
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup of shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make the recipe How to make Arepas Reina Pepiada

  1. In a large bowl, mix the precooked corn flour with the salt.
  2. Add the warm water, warm milk, and melted butter to the flour mixture and mix until a soft dough is formed.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and form two balls.
  4. With each ball, form a thin disk of 1/2 inch thickness and 2 inches in diameter.
  5. Heat a pan over medium heat and place the two arepas in the pan. Cook until golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  6. While the arepas are cooking, prepare the filling. Mash the avocado with a fork and mix with the shredded chicken, mayonnaise, lemon juice, fresh cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  7. Cut the arepas in half and fill with the avocado and chicken mixture.

Notes and Tips

Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare the perfect Arepas Reina Pepiada recipe:

Quality precooked corn flour: choose high-quality precooked corn flour to ensure you get a smooth and uniform dough.

Dough consistency: it's important that the dough's consistency is neither too wet nor too dry. If the dough is too wet, the arepas will be soft inside and hard to cook. If the dough is too dry, the arepas will be hard and won't cook on the inside.

Cooking: cook the arepas in a pan over medium heat and make sure to cook them until they are golden and crispy on both sides. This will take about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Filling: for the filling, it's important that the avocado is ripe and creamy. It's also important that the chicken is well seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro.

Trick for filling the arepas: carefully cut the arepas in half and use a spoon to fill them with the avocado and chicken mixture. This way, you avoid them crumbling and ensure the filling is evenly distributed.

Following these tips and tricks, we're sure that you will be able to prepare a perfect and delicious Arepa Reina Pepiada. Enjoy your meal!

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