|Description:||An arepa is a savory food that originated from Venezuela, Colombia and Panama. It is consists of a cooked corn flour patty (either maize meal or flour) usually topped or stuffed like a sandwich with various combinations of meat (beef, chicken or fish), cheese, eggs, veggies and sauces.|
Good for: Omnivore, Carnivore, Vegetarian, Pollotarian
Appropriate Ages: Kids (3-12), Teens (13-19), Adults (20-64), Seniors (65+)
- 1 pound of PAN corn meal
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 4 cups water (luke warm)
- filling (as you like – e.g. shredded beef, chicken, vegetables, beans, cheese, butter, etc.)
- First, combine the vegetable shortening, salt and water in a large bowl.
- Pour the corn meal a bit at a time while mixing to create a smooth dough mixture.
- Moisten towel and cover dough. Rest dough for 10-15 mins.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Shape the dough into large patties about 5 in. across and 1/2 in. thick and place on an oven tray.
- Put the arepas on the middle oven rack for another 10-15 mins, or until the exterior is slightly crunchy.
- Cut along an edge of each arepa and separate the top and bottom sides to create a pocket.
- Completely fill the arepas with the fillings of your choice. Enjoy!