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AREPA (n): pronounced Ah-rreh-pah. A flat, round-shaped, unleavened corn patty made with plain maize flour, which can be either grilled or fried that is native to South American countries Venezuela and Columbia.
Being half Venezuelan, I can only vouch for these delicious patties as the ESSENCE of food culture in Venezuela. Made of ground maize dough and a touch of olive oil and salt, these patties can be stuffed with just about anything you can dream of! Fill them with chicken, tuna, eggs, ham, cheese, beans oh… the options are endless.
That’s right, in Venezuela we eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a quick snack – you name it! Whether it be stuffed with scrambled eggs, meat or beans, there is something for everyone and they are so simple to make and dare I say you can often find use having them daily. In British culture I suppose we can say they are akin to biscuits?
Growing up it was my mom’s go-to on busy week nights. She would make the arepas and lay out an array of filling options including cheese, ham, avocado, tuna, and condiments so we could just ‘make our own’ and that was part of the fun! I remember every single friend of mine growing up would come over begging for us to have that for dinner. It was a thing.
The most traditional fillings include ham & cheese, Reina pepiada (avocado & chicken), pabellon (pulled beef, black beans, cheese and ripe plantains), and Del Campo (black bean & avocado).
In today’s post, we give you the traditional recipe of arepas and the famous caraotas negras (black beans!).
HOW TO MAKE THEM
Arepa Corn Patties
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Black bean Filling
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
200g black beans (soaked minimum 8 hours) or from a tin!
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, diced
500ml vegetable broth
½ tsp brown sugar OR honey or maple syrup if you’re also Canadian, ha
1 heaped tsp cumin, ground
Sprinkle of cinnamon powder
Salt & pepper to taste
Best served with avocado, fried ripe plantains and cheddar cheese.
Buen provecho (ENJOY!)
We would love to see your delicious creations!
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