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Arepas! Arepas! December 29, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.

I love the versatility of corn meal ~ perfect for melt in your mouth cornbread, johnny cakes, hush puppies, and . . . Arepas!


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Spicy Arepas!

2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cornmeal in blender or food processor and pulse until finely ground.

In medium saucepan, bring water, salt, and crushed red pepper to boil. Whisk in cornmeal. Transfer to bowl. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 8 patties . . . 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.

In large skillet, fry patties (4 at a time) in hot oil over medium high heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes total, turning once while cooking.


Transfer cooked arepas to a greased baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.

Serve with spicyΒ black beans and cole slaw.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. aawwa - December 29, 2012

Sorry to sound ignorant but what exactly is corn meal? It sounds tasty and easy to make πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Corn meal is like wheat flour . . . it’s ground up corn instead of ground up wheat. It’s used in the states for cornbread, hush puppies, johnny cakes, etc. In Mexico, it’s used for tamales, arepas, corn tortillas, etc.

It might be called something else in other parts of the world.

aawwa - December 29, 2012

Thanks for the info. I will look out for it in the supermarket! We have a heat wave here at present so staying close to the air conditioner today πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

I added a link to “cornmeal” . . . it shows different uses around the world, as well as different names for it.

2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 29, 2012

We love corn meal too! Thanks for the shout out.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

My pleasure! Your posts are so delicious . . . definitely worth consumiong and sharing.

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 29, 2012

Sounds good Nancy! Sounds a little like what we call mush. I like “arepas” better! We just polished off some potato cakes.. πŸ™‚ Gotta do something with those left over mashed potatoes.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Oh, yum! Potato cakes are a fave. Arepas are a bit like cornmeal mush . . . or scrapple (without the meat). Also like fried polenta.

sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 29, 2012

Polenta. Yum.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Especially fried up nice and crispy. πŸ˜€

ApplePieAndNapalm - December 29, 2012

Now, I must have potato cakes. Suddenly my peanut butter and cracker isn’t as satisfying. Potato cakes it is. Thanks for the little nudge πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Potato cakes are apt to be on our menu soon as well. We also saw some savory “pancakes” today on an old Julia Child show that looked delicious.

Food is one of the ultimate pleasures of life, eh? πŸ˜‰

sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 30, 2012

Peanut butter can be very satisfying especially when accompanied by a spoonful of chili.. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 30, 2012

I’m a big fan of peanut butter . . . but it’s an ever-ready treat. Whereas potato cakes are not generally found sitting around our house waiting to be gobbled up. πŸ˜€

4. Arlee Bird - December 29, 2012

Oh, yes, I had these in a Colombian restaurant in Florida a few years back. Simple and tasty. Never thought about making them at home, but they would be a breeze to make.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

At the local art festival, a food vendor serves Arepas from his small fast food truck. Like you, I never thought about making them at home, until I saw a picture in a magazine of Arepas topped with slaw and sided with black beans.

5. Tammy - December 29, 2012

Oh yum. Every culture has something similar, don’t they? tamales, polenta, grits – love them all.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Met too! I love the interplay between cultures . . . the subtle variations and nuances.

6. klrs09 - December 29, 2012

That sounds delicious — will have to try. Recently tried making my own english muffins — you know for eggs benny? — much better than the store bought kind which I have been doing all my life. So, I just might give your recipe a go. Merry Christmas!

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Ooh . . . homemade English Muffins. Yum.

We used to buy English Muffin Bread from Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck NJ. Awful, until toasted. Once toasted, stellar!

Hope you enjoy giving this recipe a go.

7. colonialist - December 29, 2012

We call that mealie meal here, but I’ve never heard of arepas. Made into stiff porridge, though, the meal is a staple diet to many.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Is it just me, or does “mealie meal” sounds less appetizing than “corn meal”? πŸ˜‰

colonialist - December 29, 2012

Not only sound, but taste. It has to be one of the blandest food substances on earth. Tolerable with a good strong gravy as a traditional accompaniment to braaied (barbequed) venison.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

I expect that’s why most recipes add pungent seasoning . . . like fiery red pepper!

8. sufilight - December 29, 2012

Oooooh, I was juuust thinking this week that I miss eating arepas. We don’t have the pre-packaged ones or the cornmeal here in Oregon. I can order them online though, and I am going to do just that! Yum!

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Oh, good! It’s FUN to have our taste buds tantalized to the point that we MUST indulge. πŸ˜€

9. kateshrewsday - December 29, 2012

Nice recipe: I’ve never seen cornmeal. Time for a bit of culinary research.

nrhatch - December 29, 2012

Judging from the comments, I should have included a link to “Corn Meal.” I shall add a link:


10. dearrosie - December 30, 2012

I must try this recipe. It sounds like a very light simple addition to a meal.

nrhatch - December 30, 2012

We usually make cornbread to go with chili . . . and now arepas to go with black beans and rice or red beans and rice. I might play around with the recipe by adding corn and red pepper.

11. Three Well Beings - December 30, 2012

This is a new one for me! I’ve always enjoyed anything with cornmeal, and I’m sure I would love this, too! Sounds great! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 30, 2012

Really? With all the Mexican food in L.A., I would have thunk that Arepas would be ubiquitous . . . on every street corner.

Definitely a fun little side especially when there’s no time to make cornbread or hot tamales.

12. granny1947 - December 30, 2012

So sorry to hear about your Mom, NR.
Let us know what is happening.

nrhatch - December 30, 2012

Thanks, Granny. Mom landed in the hospital yesterday after an apparent stroke, but all tests were negative. So no diagnosis yet. We’ll know when we know.

She became quite combative and had to be put in restraints. An aide spent the night with her. Poor mom.

That’s the exclamation point to our year.
Here’s to 2013!

granny1947 - December 30, 2012

I thought the same thing…2012 not going out quietly.

nrhatch - December 30, 2012

Nope. On a positive note . . . my niece is in London getting ready to march in the New Year’s Day parade. Perhaps she’ll set the tone for the NEW YEAR!

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