How to make it

  • In a mixing bowl, put the water, oil and salt, and mix with a spoon. Then add the cornmeal. It'll become thick so the spoon may not cut it, you'll have to get your hands in there, especially if there are any lumps.
  • Once the mixture is well blended and cooled down, add the egg. Mix it together thoroughly.
  • Set the dough aside to rest for about 10 mins. When ready, use hands to form flat pancakes about palm sized, add meat and cheese, fold over sides and flatten.
  • In a large pan, add about 1-1½" of oil and heat.
  • Once oil is hot, add arepas and let them brown on both sides. How long it takes depends on what kind of stovetop you're using. Obviously, electric ovens are born of Satan's balls and take freakin forever. Now I personally am forced to work with one of those and the oven part is busted. This is a problem because ideally when you're cooking with actual fire, they take about 15-20 minutes to brown and then get shoved into a preheated 375°F oven, but as it stands I have to cover mine and cook for nearly 35-40 minutes, and it's still hella raw inside.
  • I eat them anyway. Make sure you have a plate with paper towels ready to soak up the excess oil, or your stomach will be sorry.
  • These are frickin delicious. Especially if you have hot sauce to dip them in. Om nom nom 🤤
First steps   Close
Don't be afraid to get messy. And if you need to add more cornmeal to get a more workable consistency, feel free to do so   Close
Legit I used dollar tree ingredients lmao   Close
Already stuffed and waiting for their turn in the pan   Close
The pan I had to work with is old and crappy, so despite the oil, they stuck and crumbled   Close
They came out yum af tho   Close

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