Colombian Recipes: Arepas
Arepas are a typical Colombian food based on very finely ground cornmeal. The thickness and nutrition may be varied with many different fillings but the most famous versions are those with meat or cheese.
1. In a bowl, pour in the cornmeal with a pinch of salt and add the water a little at a time while mixing.
2. When the mixture has formed a dough, add the butter and mix everything gently until the dough has an even texture, holds together, and has no lumps.
3. Let the dough rest for 4-5 minutes.
4. Divide the dough into medium-small balls (however you like them).
5. Using the palms of your hands, crush the balls until they form disks (a thickness of about 1/5 of an inch, again however you like them). Put them on a plate and set aside.
6. Heat a non-stick flat pan on medium-high. Cook the arepas on the pan until they are golden on both sides.
7. Let the arepas cool.
8. Cut the arepas in half like an English muffin and fill them with cheese. Serve.