Arepas are a delicious type of pan bread from Venezuela. They are so simple to make, and when sliced in half, you can fill it with whatever your heart desires. It almost reminds me of english muffins. I made arepas filled with traditional south american ingredients, including plantains, black beans and avocados. YUM!
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Recipe makes 6-8 servings, depending on size of arepa
- 2 cups pre cooked corn flour (P.A.N./areparina/ masarepa)
- Approx. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 tsp salt (extra to taste)
- 2 cups shredded queso blanco (substitute: mozzarella or vegan cheese)
- 2 ripe plantains, sliced
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 spanish onion, sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
- 2 cups of black beans (fresh or canned)
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- In a bowl, mix 2 1/2 cups of room temperature water with corn flour and 1 tsp salt. It should have a playdoh consistency. Divide the dough into 6-8 balls.
- In a pan heat up 1 tsp of oil on medium heat. Flatten dough balls into patties and pan fry for approx. 10 minutes on each side, or until golden. Add extra oil as needed
- In a separate pan, heat up 2 tbsp of oil on medium heat. Add onion slices and cook for approx. 15 minutes until caramelized
- In a separate pan, heat up 1 tsp of oil on medium heat. Add garlic, black beans, cumin, paprika, chili powder and sugar. saute for 10 minutes.
- In a separate pan, heat up 1 tsp of olive oil on medium heat. cook plantain slices on for a couple minutes on each side, until golden. Add a pinch of salt.
- Slice arepas down the middle, then arrange ingredients and fill the arepas with whatever your heart desires. Enjoy 🙂