Arepas

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    May 22, 2015 4:50 AM GMT
    In Colombia and Venezuela, we have a fast food named "Arepa", in each region in both countries are many different forms to make it.

    Here in "Valle Del Cauca" department we use it for breakfast and for dinner.

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    Here we grilled with cheese and with butter (a mortal sin for who care about their weight) but is a luscious dish.

    For make it we use a corn flour called "Areparina"

    Harina_Pan_amarilla.jpgBrand most used in Venezuela.

    produ-blanca-amarilla.pngBrand most used in Colombia.

    The "Arepas" have not egg at least in my region, well in the north of Colombia (Atlantic Coast) have other "Arepa Variety" that have egg, but the best known no.

    The flour is mixed with water and salt and it converted in a dough is kneaded. The dough is separated and give saucer or tamborine form put them cheese or other ingredient or none and are roasted until be golden.

    And so we enjoy of an exquisite "Arepas", the most is when the hot cheese is pulled stretching to bite ;)

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    May 23, 2015 2:48 PM GMT
    And here in the Dominican Republic, arepa is a cake made with cornmeal. As I understand it, it's completely different than an arepa in most other Latin countries. And it's delicious!
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    May 23, 2015 3:13 PM GMT
    My Venezuelan ex introduced me to them.
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    May 23, 2015 4:32 PM GMT
    In order to make arepas you need to get some Harina Pan (pre-cooked white cornmeal) which is available in many large grocery stores or in any Latin food store:

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    Venezulans love their arepas the way people in the American south love their cornbread and grits or northern Italians love their polenta.
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    May 23, 2015 5:24 PM GMT
    equus77 saidAnd here in the Dominican Republic, arepa is a cake made with cornmeal. As I understand it, it's completely different than an arepa in most other Latin countries. And it's delicious!
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    Equus77, the Dominican Arepa looks so delicious, quiero probar.
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    May 23, 2015 10:38 PM GMT
    Equus77, the Dominican Arepa looks so delicious, quiero probar.[/quote]

    Debes probarlo. Es fantástico! Y la textura, pues, no puedo describirla pero es muy diferente que un bizcocho típico.
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    May 23, 2015 11:15 PM GMT
    Por supuesto que lo quiero probar
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    May 24, 2015 3:55 AM GMT
    I eat healthy most of the time, but I'm not opposed to a few unhealthy snacks a few times a week. Those things look delicious!
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    May 24, 2015 4:37 AM GMT
    Brings a lot of memories when I used to live in Bogota and of course we had them as well as Caracas, not to mentioned the hot chocolate with melted cheese. My mom used to cook them as well, good times.icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 24, 2015 5:26 AM GMT
    You are right uombroca, the arepas with chocolat and cheese, ummm, delicious.

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    A mi me encanta un buen desayuno así.
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    May 24, 2015 5:28 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI eat healthy most of the time, but I'm not opposed to a few unhealthy snacks a few times a week. Those things look delicious!


    And when you taste it, you'll want more.icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 24, 2015 5:38 AM GMT
    calima said
    paulflexes saidI eat healthy most of the time, but I'm not opposed to a few unhealthy snacks a few times a week. Those things look delicious!


    And when you taste it, you'll want more.icon_biggrin.gif
    Are you talking about the Arepa, or you? icon_wink.gif
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    May 24, 2015 5:29 PM GMT
    It depends on how you interpret. icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 20, 2015 6:00 PM GMT
    equus77 saidAnd here in the Dominican Republic, arepa is a cake made with cornmeal. As I understand it, it's completely different than an arepa in most other Latin countries. And it's delicious!
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    That's right man! Arepitas de maiz! y con pollo guisado y arroz con habichuelas con platano maduro, pero eso es la Bandera! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2015 8:35 PM GMT
    I'd like to try this. All of the Latin grocery stores near me are Mexican and I don't think I've ever seen this type of corn flour. They all have the regular masa harina which is nixtamalized but not pre-cooked.

    Thumbs up to stuffing them with spam:

    http://picapica.com/blog/2013/09/how-to-make-arepas-pica-pica-arepa-kitchen/
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    Jan 20, 2016 12:40 AM GMT
    The local big Mexican grocery store where I bought my lard has this flour so I bought a bag last night. I'm going to try making a fritter batter with it and dip some cheese cubes in it and deep fry them.

    In lard of course.

    Cubes of Spam are also a possibility.
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    Jan 27, 2016 7:03 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThe local big Mexican grocery store where I bought my lard has this flour so I bought a bag last night. I'm going to try making a fritter batter with it and dip some cheese cubes in it and deep fry them.

    In lard of course.

    Cubes of Spam are also a possibility.


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    A secret that we have in Colombia for make arepas is striped panela in small quantities in the mass or too in the flour for give it a light sweet taste.

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    Jan 28, 2016 1:51 AM GMT
    I found some at a local Mexican grocery store, the PAN brand.

    I found the flavor to be mild to the point of bland. Definitely not the strong flavor you get with the nixtamalized Mexican corn flour they use for corn tortillas. Also a milder flavor than the corn meal we have here in the US.

    Some might consider its mild flavor a good thing since the nixtamalized corn flour has such a strong flavor.