Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is from Venezuela. It is from recipes4us.co.uk. It is posted for ZWT4.
- 10 fluid ounces warm water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces masa harina flour
- 4 ounces manchego cheese, grated (pecorino romano can be substituted)
- oil, for shallow frying
- 1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 16 black olives, pitted and halved
- Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and gradually add the warm water, mixing to form a stiff dough.
- Add the cheese and knead the dough for a few minutes then form into 4 balls.
- Flatten the balls to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan.
- Add the arepas and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until crisp and golden, turning 3 or 4 times.
- Drain on kitchen paper.
- To Serve - split the arepas in half, place on serving plates and garnish with avocado, tomato slices and olives.
Thus far this is my favorite recipe of the whole CQ 2014 tour! I used a combination of freshly grated sharp white cheddar and parmigiano-reggiano and a tortilla press to form them. Served with salpicon, plain quinoa and peach slices. A KA food processor was great help in blending the ingredients. Enjoyed by all! Next time I definitely need to double the recipe!
Easy to make, and good to eat. I used romano. The dough can be made a little ahead of time, and prepared as needed. This is a hearty bread, so it's good if you're working and need energy, but smaller serving sizes might be more suitable on a more sedentary day.
OMG OMG OMG! This is too easy to be this good. I have made pupusas before, and they are good, but you need to have been making them since birth to make them right, I think. THESE I made right the first time. Or at least they looked good, they tasted delicious, and I had NO problems getting them made. The manchego was really nice, and I really enjoyed stacking the arepas with tomato slices and avocado slices - yum! I made a half batch, which made 15 crunchy little arepas, plenty for me, my roommie, and my two kids. I ended up turning them a total of four times, at about 3-4 minutes each time, and they came out perfect, golden with some darker spots of brown, but no burning.