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Cheese Arepas     Veg   HT  HD  Venezuelan  20mins

Serves 4     Hot   Vegetarian  Vegetables   Hors d’oeuvre   Appetizer   Starter   Gluten Wheat Free Eggless   Venezuela  Sth America   South American  

300ml/10fl.oz. Warm Water
¼ teasp Salt
225g/8oz Masa Harina Flour
100g/4oz Manchego Cheese, grated
Oil for shallow frying
1 Avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Tomatoes, thinly sliced
16 Black Olives, pitted and halved


1. Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and gradually add the warm water, mixing to form a stiff dough.

3. Add the cheese and knead the dough for a few of minutes then form into 4 balls. Flatten the balls to a thickness of about 12mm/ ½ -inch .

4. Heat a little 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 four times. Drain on kitchen paper

5. To serve – split the arepas in half, place on serving plates and garnish with the avocado, tomato slices and olives.

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