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Arepas de Queso

arepas de queso

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Arepas de Queso
11th May, 2018

Arepas from Columbia are very much part of the national cuisine and are often enjoyed for breakfast or even as a main course. These cheese fried wonders are really versatile

I've gone for the standard frying pan option here but if you want to use a griddle pan it'll work just as well.


  • 600mls milk
  • 60g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 200g white maize flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 120g mozzarella, grated
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil


    In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over a low heat and then add the butter before stirring to melt

    In a large bowl, mix the white maize flour, salt, sugar, and mozzarella and pour over the milk and butter mixture, stirring for a minute to combine all the ingredients

    The mixture as it cools will start to firm up and form the dough so while the dough is still warm, take a small handful and begin to roll this into a ball using your hands and then gently squash down on the work surface to form a disc about a 1/4 inch thick. Do this with the rest of the dough and pop in the fridge until required

    Add some oil to a large frying pan and cook the arepas over a medium-low until spotted with golden dots and turn over to cook the other side. You'll have to cook them in batches so add a dash of oil to the pan every batch

    You can keep them warm on a low heat in the oven while you try the remainder off and then serve straight away

    Alternatively, you can slice the arepas in half and stuff them with meats such as pulled pork