Arepas Colombianas



1 cup
arepa flour (precooked cornmeal)
1 cup
crumbled ricotta salata or grated mozzarella
1/2 cup
vegetable oil


  1. Toss together arepa flour (Pre-cooked corn meal – find at Walmart), 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 a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium, then put some oil to cook arepas in 2 batches, turning over once, until deep golden in patches, 8 to 10 minutes total per batch.
Yield: 10 Pieces
Category: Breakfast & Brunch
Contributor: Marisol Pulido