Colombian Arepas

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READY IN:
35mins
SERVES:
3-4
YIELD:
10-12 arepas (cornmeal cakes)
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Toss together arepa flour, cheese, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl, then stir in water until incorporated.
  2. Let stand until enough water is absorbed for a soft dough to form, 1 to 2 minutes (dough will continue to stiffen).
  3. Form 3 level tablespoons dough into 1 ball and flatten between your palms, gently pressing to form a 1/4-inch-thick patty (2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inches wide), then gently press around side to eliminate cracks. Transfer to a wax-paper-lined surface.
  4. Form more disks with remaining dough in same manner, transferring to wax-paper-lined surface.
  5. Heat oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then fry arepas in 2 batches, turning over once, until deep golden in patches, 8 to 10 minutes total per batch.
  6. Drain on paper towels.

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