Mydine is giving you the secret recipe on how to make the perfect Venezuelan Arepas with Victoria Masso (video & recipe below).
Recipe creates 3 Arepas
Cook time: 30 to 45 minutes
To make great tasting Arepas you’ll need to make the filling(s) to go inside. Traditionally, Arepas are filled with grated cheese (grated Cheddar or Halloumi); or pulled (stringed) brisket; but they can also be filled with plantain, guacamole and many other things!
To prepare the plantain, slice to pierce the skin and peel the plantain; then slice vertically to create ½ cm thick diagonal discs. Spray 1-cal oil into a frying pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a medium heat on each side until golden brown.
Grate 30g of Cheddar and/or Halloumi cheese and store in the fridge until Arepas are cooked.
Avocado Guacamole Filling
Peel, de-seed and mash avocado. Peel and dice half a red onion and fresh tomato and mix together. Store in your fridge until ready to fill cooked Arepas.
Pulled Brisket (String Meat) Filling
Slow cooked brisket, cooked and seasoned to give a rich and beefy melt in the mouth taste. (Available only at www.mydine.co.uk)
- 1 ½ cup of maize flour
- 1 cup of still water
- Pinch of salt
- 1-cal spray oil
- Cheddar and/or Halloumi cheese
- Avocado Guacamole
Arepas Recipe Step-by-step
1) Make your Arepa dough
- Add 1 cup of water to mixing bowl
- Add a pinch of salt to water
- Slowly add 1 cup of maize flour to water (mixture should start quite wet). As the flour is slowly added, the mixture should start to come together like a firm dough ball.
- Once the flour and water mixture has come together, knead for 5 – 7 minutes, or, until the dough mix no longer sticks to your hands.
- Rest Arepa dough for a further 5 minutes.
2) Roll your Arepas
- Once rested, portion your dough into 100g to 110g balls
- Roll into 1-inch thick, hand palm sized Arepas
- Spray 1-cal oil into a frying pan on a medium heat
- Add Arepas to the frying pan and cook on each size for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown.
- The traditional way to check if your Arepas are cooked is to tap each Arepas if they sound hollow (like a drum) and are golden brown on each side.
- Now your Arepas are cooked, create a pocket in each Arepa by slicing a horizontal pocket through the side.
- Fill your Arepa with whatever filling takes your fancy. Be it plantain, Avocado guacamole, Chicken, grated Cheddar and/or Halloumi cheese.
- For our pulled brisket see mydine.co.uk/order/
Want to Try Arepas, but don’t want to cook them? Order Arepas from www.mydine.co.uk/order
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