Arepas Con QuesoPosted: January 19, 2009
This is not a traditional arepa recipe because I didn’t have any masa harina in the house. I futzed around with what we had and made something that approximates a tasty arepa. Definitely not as fluffy, but it will fill you up in a pinch.
Arepas Con Queso
3/4 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon butter
1.5 cups cornmeal
.5 cup AP flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (or more) grated mozzarella cheese
butter for greasing pan (about a tablespoon for the whole batch)
- Microwave milk and 1 tablespoon of the butter for about a minute and mix together with a spoon.
- If you’re using cornmeal, whir it in a food processor in order to make it finer (about 30 seconds). Add all of the ingredients into the food processor and blend together. Pour the warm milk/butter mixture through the feeding tube and process until it all comes together in a ball. You may need more flour – just add it by the tablespoon until you get a sticky, but easy to handle ball of dough. If you don’t have a food processor, just use your hands to knead everything together.
- Rip a piece of dough off and form it into a ball and then make a patty in your hands. Put it aside and repeat with the remaining dough.
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Heat up a tablespoon of butter in an large pan over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the pan and cook until the bottoms are extremely browned. Flip and repeat. Place the arepas on a foiled lined baking sheet in the oven to cook a bit more until you’re all done. I have two cast-iron pans, so I just use them both on the stovetop and then stick them both in the oven.
- Split in half, fill with some cheese or salsa or honey or whatever you want really. You can’t go wrong with cornmeal patties.