How to Make Arepas

How to Make Arepas

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25 m
Calories: 219
2 people

Today you're going to learn how to make delicious Arepas. These pre-cooked corn cakes are a traditional dish in Latin America and have become a fundamental part of the region's culinary culture. With roots dating back to pre-Columbian indigenous people, arepas have evolved and adapted to the tastes and preferences of each country and generation.

But, what is an arepa exactly? It's a corn cake made with pre-cooked arepa flour and can be filled with a variety of ingredients, from cheese to meat or fish. The combination of the crispy exterior and soft interior, along with their versatility in terms of fillings, makes them the perfect accompaniment to any meal or snack.

With this recipe, we will show you the steps to make perfect arepas, and provide you with tips and recommendations so you can experiment and find the perfect combination for you. So... Let's make some delicious arepas and enjoy this delicious culinary tradition!

Ingredients for How to Make Arepas for 2 people

  • Ingredients for 8 arepas
  • 250 gr of pre-cooked cornmeal
  • 350 ml of warm water
  • 20 gr of butter
  • 5 gr of salt

How to make the recipe How to Make Arepas

  1. In a bowl add the warm water.
  2. Gradually add the flour and mix well. It's important to integrate well, if the dough is very dry, we can add a little more water.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt the butter and dissolve the salt in it.
  4. Add the butter to the dough and knead until everything is well integrated.
  5. On the work table make a well-kneaded ball and stretch to get a flat round dough.
  6. Portion the dough into 8 equal parts. Knead each portion and shape with your hands.
  7. Stretch each ball with the help of a rolling pin until you get a flat, round wafer, about a finger thick.
  8. This dough does not require resting or leavening, so it can be cooked once all the arepas have been properly shaped.
  9. Heat a pan and put a teaspoon of butter in it. Brown the arepas over medium-high heat until they are well cooked. At least 5 minutes on each side.
  10. Serve on a tray and sprinkle some herbs on top, like fresh sage or oregano.

Notes and Tips

Here are some tips and tricks to prepare the perfect arepa recipe:

  1. Use pre-cooked arepa flour: This flour is essential to achieve the authentic texture of the arepas.
  2. Adjust the consistency of the dough: The dough should be thick enough to hold its shape when fried, but not so dense that it's difficult to handle. If the dough is too liquid, add more flour until you get the right consistency.
  3. Control the temperature of the oil: The correct oil temperature is important to achieve a crispy exterior and soft interior. Make sure to heat the oil over medium-high heat before you start cooking the arepas.
  4. Cook the arepas over medium heat: Cook the arepas over medium heat to prevent them from burning on the outside and staying raw on the inside. Turn the arepas every 3-5 minutes to cook them evenly.
  5. Experiment with fillings: Arepas are very versatile in terms of fillings, so don't hesitate to experiment with different combinations of ingredients. Try filling them with cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, etc.

With these tricks and tips, you're ready to prepare perfect arepas!

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