Arepas Con Queso

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)

To Do:

  1. Microwave milk and 1 tablespoon of the butter for about a minute and mix together with a spoon.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Split in half, fill with some cheese or salsa or honey or whatever you want really.  You can’t go wrong with cornmeal patties.

3 Comments on “Arepas Con Queso”

  1. littlem says:

    Which country do these come from? Never heard of them before, but they look yummy.

  2. tinaspins says:

    They’re generally considered a part of Latin American cuisine, specifically Venezuela.


    NYC has the “Arepa Lady” –

    She makes REAL arepas.

  3. labyrinthofmind says:

    found your arepas through search…these look like the ones they have at colombian restaurants…check out our colombian arepas con queso…

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