Arepas

By Roger Mooking
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup masa arepa (Pre-cooked dehydrated fine ground corn)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Arepa fillings:

  • Folded omelette with herbs
  • Your favourite cheese
  • Deli meats
  • Fresh herbs
  • Chopped chilies
  • Guava cheese
  • Avocado
  • Chicken or tuna salad
  • Your favourite jam
  • Grilled / braised meats
  • Chopped hard boiled eggs
  • Pickled vegetables

Directions

  1. Combine corn flour and salt in a clean stainless bowl, add water and mix till well combined then cover with a plate. Let dough rest for 20 minutes to allow the water to absorb. Split the dough into four equal sized balls and form each into a hockey puck shape. Have a small bowl of water nearby to help form the pucks, using the water to smooth any cracks as you go. Let rest another couple minutes to let the surface moisture absorb.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Preheat a large cast iron pan to medium heat.
  3. Rub both of the flat sides of each formed arepa dough with vegetable oil and place in preheated pan, making sure to gently press down on each arepa in the pan. Let the arepa cook till medium brown then flip and repeat, each side should take approximately five minutes. Once both sides are browned, place in the oven for 15 minutes to fully cook.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle. Using a sharp knife, cut the arepa in half horizontally. Fill the arepa with your favourite fillings, there a few ideas below to get you started.

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