Stacked Apple Arepas for #BreadBakers

Apple Arepas, Arepa AppetizersArepas are corn cakes eaten throughout most South American countries, often eaten instead of rice or potatoes. Sometimes they are also stuffed and make a great appetizer- a popular street food popular in many countries like Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador. It is made from hominy corn flour that is precooked and treated with lime and charcoal called masa harina. Depending on where you live, you can now find this item at many mainstream supermarkets. If not, look for it in Latin markets or you can also purchase it online in places like amazon. Masa Harina is used to make a variety of South American flatbreads including corn tortillas and as part of the stuffing for tamales.

I decided to make a sweet and savory bite here that makes the perfect first course of a meal. I topped it with queso de freier, a South American frying cheese. You can also substitute halloumi or paneer, however, salt will need to be added to the paneer as the other frying cheeses are already salted in the brine that they come in. The slight sweetness of the arepas is balanced with the salt of the cheese and the acid of the pickled vegetables. You can also make the arepas smaller and make this as a one bite finger food for parties.

The flavor profile in these sweet arepas are quite different from the traditional. For more arepa varieties, check out my Pumpkin Arepas here and my Stuffed Cheese Arepas here. These arepas are being made for this month’s #BreadBakers theme of griddle breads.

Let’s first make the salad that is going to top off our arepa stacks.

Pickled Cabbage Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Combine all ingredients and let marinate for at least 1 hour.

Apple Raisin Arepas

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 9 arepas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 grated apple
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

In a large bowl, combine masa, apple, raisins, salt and sugar. Mix to combine.

Slowly add  enough warm water (a little more than 1 cup) until you have a soft dough.

Take some dough and flatten by pressing your palms together with the dough in between your hands, about 3″ in diameter.

Heat enough oil for shallow frying in a skillet. Fry on low heat until golden brown on both sides.

frying -edit

Drain on paper towels.

Stacked Apple Arepas for #BreadBakers

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 arepas

Ingredients

  • Pickled Cabbage Salad Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Apple Arepa Ingredients:
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 grated apple
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Stacked Arepas Ingredients:
  • arepas
  • fried queso de freir slices
  • pickled cabbage salad

Instructions

  1. Pickled Cabbage:
  2. Combine all ingredients and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Arepas:
  4. In a large bowl, combine masa, apple, raisins, salt and sugar. Mix to combine.
  5. Slowly add enough water (a little more than 1 cup) until you have a soft dough.
  6. Take some dough and flatten by pressing your palms together with the dough in between your hands, about 3″ in diameter.
  7. Heat enough oil for shallow frying in a skillet. Fry on low heat until golden brown on both sides.
  8. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Stacked Arepas:
  10. To assemble, top each arepa with queso and finally top with the cabbage salad.

http://www.theschizochef.com/2016/02/stacked-apple-arepas/

Stacked Apple Arepas

Ingredients:

  • arepas
  • fried queso de freir slices
  • pickled cabbage salad

To assemble, top each arepa with  queso and finally top with the cabbage salad.

Apple Arepa -edit

Sweet, Salty and Sour…a great combination of flavors in one bite…

Apple Arepas -edit

Do stop by the other #breadbakers for some great griddle breads…

Griddle Breads

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Stacked Apple Arepas for #BreadBakers

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 arepas

Ingredients

  • Pickled Cabbage Salad Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Apple Arepa Ingredients:
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 grated apple
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Stacked Arepas Ingredients:
  • arepas
  • fried queso de freir slices
  • pickled cabbage salad

Instructions

  1. Pickled Cabbage:
  2. Combine all ingredients and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Arepas:
  4. In a large bowl, combine masa, apple, raisins, salt and sugar. Mix to combine.
  5. Slowly add enough water (a little more than 1 cup) until you have a soft dough.
  6. Take some dough and flatten by pressing your palms together with the dough in between your hands, about 3″ in diameter.
  7. Heat enough oil for shallow frying in a skillet. Fry on low heat until golden brown on both sides.
  8. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Stacked Arepas:
  10. To assemble, top each arepa with queso and finally top with the cabbage salad.

http://www.theschizochef.com/2016/02/stacked-apple-arepas/

17 comments on “Stacked Apple Arepas for #BreadBakers

  1. Looks awesome ! These arepas are so new to me … I might try with locally available corn flour or makai KA atta !

    And that pickle is toooo tempting to pass up ! Great choice ,Mir !

  2. What a lovely bite of ingredients Mireille. Arepas are new to me and I love the idea of having it as a snack. The addition of the queso de frier makes it all the more enticing.

  3. Mireille I always come to your blog to learn something new! Loved the arepas and the flavours of the pickles that you have combined them with! A real treat for the tastebuds! 🙂

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