Last night I was so hungry, but I did not know what to eat, sometimes I feel for something very homey, and that day I was feeling for some comfort food, something that make me smile while I eat it. The funny thing about comfort food is that there is not a type of food, it is any kind of food that give you comfort.
I started to imagine, the arepa filled with queso de mano (hand cheese-white), avocado, and stew stripped beef… wake up!!! I told myself, I am not in Venezuela, and all those flavor are out of reach right now. What a disappointment!!. One moment, I have corn flour (available here and in the US) and I can fill it up with anything available here, it will be closer to what I was feeling in my mind.
You may be wondering by now, what “arepa” is. Let me explain you, an arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or precooked corn flour (more common use, brands like: Promasa and Pan) this type of flour is very well known in Colombia and Venezuela.
The arepa is a flat round , unleavened patty made with cornflour (cornmeal) which can be grilled, baked or fried. The characteristic of the arepa vary from region to region. It may vary by color (white or yellow corn), flavor, size, thickness and also the food it may be stuffed with, virtually you can eat arepa with any kind of filling. It is either topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish.
My favorite type of arepa is fried (sorry) … I try to do not eat it like this too ofter, but it is so crunchy and when I bite it, that explosion of flavors plus the crunchiness it is just wow! For more healthier options, make arepa baked or grilled. Not fat.
In this edition, of course, I present my favorite way of cooking arepa, FRIED, crispy, crunchy, fat, and oily but delicious…
Recipe & Directions:
(For 2 arepas)
In a bowl pour 1 cup of water.
Add salt to taste.
In the picture I show the cornmeal package, the brand is Promasa, from Empresas Polar. It is produced in Venezuela and in Colombia. But you can use any other brand. Just make sure that the corn flour is precooked.
If you want a real crispy arepa, make the arepas as flat as possible.
Open a little hole in the middle with your finger, this will help the arepa to cook faster in the center (fried)
As the picture shown the size of the arepa will be more or less the size of your hand. (see picture below)
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