Arepas Venezolanas

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Arepas, a beloved Venezuelan street food, are versatile cornmeal cakes that are grilled, baked, or fried and can be filled with a variety of ingredients. This traditional recipe offers a glimpse into the heart of Venezuelan cuisine, providing a simple yet delicious meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serving: 4

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups pre-cooked white cornmeal (P.A.N. or similar)
  2. 2 1/2 cups warm water
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon oil (for cooking)
  5. Fillings of choice (e.g., shredded beef, black beans, cheese, avocado)

Method:

  1. Dough Preparation:
    • In a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, salt, and gradually add the warm water. Knead until the dough is smooth and no longer sticks to your hands. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water.
  2. Form the Arepas:
    • Divide the dough into equal portions, and form each into a ball. Then, flatten each ball into a disc about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Cook the Arepas:
    • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Cook the arepas for about 5-7 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown and a crust has formed.
    • Optionally, after browning, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes for a softer interior.
  4. Serve:
    • Split the arepas open and stuff with your chosen fillings. Serve hot.

Notes:

  • Arepas are highly customizable. Experiment with different fillings based on your preference or dietary needs.
  • For a vegan option, fill with black beans, avocado, and plant-based cheese.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines, excluding fillings):

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sodium: 590mg
  • Sugars: 1g

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