Colombian Arepas With Ham and Cheese
A favorite in Colombia these hot,toasted cakes of soft corn that are slightly sweet and salty! You will need a Cast Iron Skillet OR Flat-Top grill!
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For The Arepas
- 2 cups masa harina
- 1 cup grated white cheese
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups warm water
- 4 -6 tablespoons butter, divided
For The Sandwich
- 1⁄2 lb sliced ham
- 1⁄2 lb mozzarella cheese, in 6 slices
- 1 large tomatoes, cut into 6 slices
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 -6 teaspoons butter, divided
- 1⁄2 cup salsa
- Making the Arepas:.
- I a large bowl combine masa with cheese,baking soda and salt. Slowly pour the warm water in and stir well. Using your hands,knead until smooth dough forms. Form into 6 even balls,flatten into circles, about 4 inches in diameter.In a cast iron skillet or flat top grill, melt half of the butter on medium heat.
- Working in batches,if necessary,cook Arepas until golden brown, about 3 minutes.Add remaining butter,turn Arepas and cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Set aside.
- Making the Sandwich:.
- Slice the arepas in half horizontally. Layer on the ham,cheese and tomato, season with salt and pepper. Top fixings with remaining Arepas halves. Heat half the butterin a skillet or flat top grill. Cook Arepas in batches,about 3 minutes, until golden. Add remaining butter,turn,cover and cook 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and Arepasare golden. Serve with Salsa on the side.
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Confession: The arepas never got made into a sandwich. Instead, I enjoyed one just as it came from the griddle with a bowl of 15-bean soup. It is sooooo good! Tomorrow, I will make the day-old ones into sandwiches. I followed the recipe exactly. I used 1/2 cup of dough for each arepa and flattened it to 1/2 inch thick. After frying until they were golden brown on both sides and then cooling, I split one open and saw it was a bit doughy inside. That was quickly remedied by a minute or two back on the griddle. Because of that, I am guessing that when you get to making the sandwich, plan on layering the fillings on the already cooked sides and heating the sandwiches by frying on the previously uncooked sides.2Reply