Simple Cheesy Arepas (The Gooey Kind)
photo by Linajjac
- Ready In:
- 2 cups cornmeal (or masa harina)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups warm water (or milk or soymilk)
- 1⁄4 cup manchego cheese, grated (or other hard cheese like parmesan)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (approx)
- If you're lazy like me, youll just sift the cornmeal and salt in a bowl together then gradually add the water. If you want a finer-ground texture and/or possess a dishwasher, you'll want to ground the cornmeal and sea salt in a food processor first to get it really fine.
- Either way, sift the two ingredients in a bowl together and gradually add the warm water until a stiff dough forms.
- Add the manchego cheese and knead for a few minutes, then roll the whole mixture into a giant ball. Add a little more water if you need to if it's falling apart/too crumbly but add more cornmeal if too watery.
- Lightly dust a surface (like a sil-pat) with some cornmeal, and place the giant ball on it. Roll out with your hands or a rolling pin to be about 1/4" thick.
- You can make the arepas any size, I got about 6 medium size ones out of this. I divided the dough into 6 pieces with a pizza cutter then placed the desired amount of mozzarella cheese into them.
- Carefully fold each arepa over, making sure the edges are totally closed. They're supposed to be pretty thin but make sure they're holding up that cheese in the middle. Don't crimp with a fork, it's likely to come apart, just use your hands.
- Heat a little olive or canola oil in a frying pan, and cook each arepa for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned.
- They're tasty by themselves but I love them with a good black bean soup and basic lettuce and tomato salad. Salsa and red almond dipping sauce make good dips too!
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