Arepas 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
- 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
- 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.
Drain on paper towels.
Stacked Apple Arepas
- fried queso de freir slices
- pickled cabbage salad
To assemble, top each arepa with queso and finally top with the cabbage salad.
Sweet, Salty and Sour…a great combination of flavors in one bite…
Do stop by the other #breadbakers for some great griddle breads…
- Amaranth (Rajgira) Paratha from Herbivore Cucina
- Cheese and Potato Gözleme from Cook’s Hideout
- Corn Pancakes from Magnolia Days
- Cornmeal Griddle Cakes from Noshing With The Nolands
- English Muffins from La cocina de Aisha
- Fruity Hemp Seed Pancakes from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Griddle Scones from Hostess At Heart
- Homemade Corn Tortillas from Kylee Cooks
- Lachha Paratha – Indian Layered Flatbread from Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Masala Poli – Spicy Potato Masala Stuffed Poli from I Camp in my Kitchen
- Masala Roti from Sneha’s Recipe
- Paneer Kulchas – Griddle Fried Cottage Cheese Flatbread from Sizzling Tastebuds
- Paruppu Poorana Poli from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Peanut Butter and Apple Griddle Cakes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Phool Makhana Parathas (Puffed Lotus Seeds Parathas) from Seduce Your Tastebuds
- Saffron Unleavened Bread from Kidsandchic
- Satpadi – Spiced Griddle Bread from Spiceroots
- Scallion Pancakes from A Shaggy Dough Story
- Sourdough English Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Spicy Loli – Breakfast Flatbread from Food Lust People Love
- Spinach and Feta Gözleme from Spill the Spices
- Stacked Apple Arepas from The Schizo Chef
- Staffordshire Oatcakes with a Bacon & Cheese Filling from Ruchik Randhap
- Stove-Top Muffins (Diphaphata) from Wholistic Woman
- Swedish Polar Bread from G’Gina’s Kitchenette
- Vitumbua (Coconut Rice Pancake Balls) from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Welsh Cakes from Passion Kneaded
- Yeast Raised Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Pastry Chef Online
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