Information about arepas and Arepas recipes
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Arepas are fried or baked corn pancakes,
either plain or with a filling and most Venezuelans eat them as part of their
daily diet in place of bread. They are one of the national dishes of Venezuela
and there are many food stands or small restaurants called Areperas, which
specialise in the making of these small delights.
Arepas have been an important staple in the diets of the poor Venezuelan’s diet
for centuries but today, they are eaten by rich and poor alike . Originally,
they were made from dried corn kernels which were soaked in water and lime to
remove the skins, then cooked, drained, dried and ground into flour but thanks
to modern technology, it is now possible to buy the masa harina (flour) ready to
use, cutting out that lengthy soaking/drying process, which means they can be
prepared in just a few minutes.
Arepas can be eaten for breakfast, at any time of the day as a snack, as an
appetiser or starter especially when accompanied with a sauce or as an
accompaniment to a main course much like bread rolls. They can be eaten plain,
cooked with a filling of meat, poultry or cheese, simply split open and buttered
or filled like a sandwich. They can be poached, grilled, baked, griddled or
(most often) fried, making them not only of the most traditional but
also one of the most versatile foods in Venezuela.
Incidentally, the Venezuelans aren't the only
people to favour Arepas - the Columbians have their own version. The basic
ingredients are the same but they are generally thinner, more like a pancake.
Below is a recipe for basic plain Arepas and a couple with extras, but why not
experiment with the fillings to create you own “house” Arepas.
Cheese Arepas Veg HT HD Venezuelan
Basic Arepas Veg HT ACC
Meat Arepas HT HD