Best Homemade Arepas

September 21, 2021

Arepas can be prepared using only three ingredients. Try this delicious bread recipe, which you can serve filled with black beans, avocado, beef and chorizo.

Arepas from Colombian and Venezuelan cuisines are cornmeal cakes that have a crispy surface and a fluffy inside. It is well-known among those who love street foods. It can be filled or eaten alone, offering them a versatile side dish for any supper. It can be served as a side dish with jackfruit taco, rice, black beans, vegan barbacoa meat, or guacamole and served with meals like our Plantain Black Bean Bowl. The great thing is that it all depends on you. It all depends on how you would like them. You can even serve it with butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Arepas are a scrumptious supper with a crunchy crust on the outside and a softcore on the inside. A lavishing meal that you may personalize according to your preferences. The best thing is that it is a simple dish to prepare. Also can be prepared at home in no time.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 20 mins

Tips

  • As they have a corn cake-like texture, it is fine if the insides are a touch sticky.
  • Arepas should be consumed while they are fresh. It can also be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • You can also freeze them for about one month. Reheat in an oven at 350 °F until well warmed. If you are reheating frozen uncooked arepas, you let them defrost first and then cook them, as per the directions.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Begin with stirring water as well as salt together in a bowl. Stir cornmeal into the water with your fingertips until a smooth, wet, pliable dough forms.
  2. To make the dough moldable and wet, make sure it won't adhere to your fingers, that it can be formed into a ball.
  3. Cover with a cloth for 5 minutes after you've reached that right consistency you need.
  4. Uncover the dough, and take a significant amount. Start making small rolls of the dough.
  5. Carefully compress the ball in the middle of both your palms to make an about (push disc that is half an inch thick nearer to one-fourth inch for a thinner and crispier arepa). If the dough is cracking too much on the edges, try adding 1-2 tablespoon(15-30 ml) additional water. You don't need to stress if there are small cracks. You can seal them by rubbing them gently around the edges.
  6. After preparing arepas, heat the nonstick pan over a medium to high temperature. When it's hot enough, drizzle small drops of oil on top and swirl it around to coat. Place the arepas on top of each other, allowing enough space between them to avoid clashing. Cook until a beautiful golden-brown hue has developed. Attempt to make the arepas' crust. Cook for another 2-3 minutes on the second side, or as long as the bottom has browned as well.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 15-18 minutes, or until slightly risen and a slightly deeper golden brown on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  8. To serve, cut into equal parts and eat as is, or brush both sides with vegan butter and maple syrup.
  9. To create a pocket, cut each in half horizontally with a narrow carving knife. Prepare delicious arepa sandwiches with the fillings of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Arepas
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.3 g2.9%
Sodium 390 mg17%
Protein 4.3 g8.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Are Arepas?

Arepas are mostly filled with cornmeal cakes that are crispy on the surface and fluffy from the inside. It is a well-known South American staple. It is largely associated with Venezuelan and Colombian cuisines. Arepas are prepared with pre-cooked cornmeal and are unleavened. In Latin American or well-stocked grocery stores, you can get pre-cooked cornmeal. Arepas recipes can be fried, baked, or boiled, and are commonly prepared on a griddle.

Are Arepas Gluten-Free?

Arepas are created using lime-treated masa (or masa harina), water, a little shortening, and salt. They are gluten-free in their natural shape.

How to Make Arepas with Masa Harina?

Masa harina absorbs moisture in a different way than masarepa, as can be seen. You can start with replacing 2 quarts of masarepa with one and a half quarts of masa harina (which is significantly superior to cornmeal), one-fourth quarts of coconut flour, and one-fourth quarts of gluten-free flour or arrowroot starch. It is also recommended to add one tsp of baking powder to the flours to help them rise. When the dough is moldable but not sticky or crumbly, add as required gluten-free flour or arrowroot starch. Carry on with the direction of Arepas' recipe as directed above.

What To Serve with Arepa?

Here are some delicious filling recipes for Arepa:

How to Store Arepa?

The leftover arepas must be stored in an airtight container. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Also, it can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.

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