Arepas are the delicious national food and native bread of Venezuela and Columbia. Made from corn flour, arepas might have originated as a food staple for poor natives, though all social classes eat them now. Arepas are also very popular in many other Latin American countries like Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Arepas are unleavened and pancake shaped, but vary in each country in color, size, thickness, flavor and ingredients with which they are stuffed. They can be grilled, baked or fried.
You can learn more about Arepa characteristics, cooking, history and more on Wikipedia.
We hope you enjoy this Arepa sandwich recipe, which has a thin, crisp texture and serves well as a base for sandwich toppings.
Ingredients – Makes 6 open face arepa sandwiches
- 1 cup arepa flour
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
- Pam Olive Oil
- 6 slices of fresh mozzarella about 3 to 4 ounces
- 2 plum tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh basil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of salt
To make the arepas:
- Pour one cup of flour and salt into bowl
- Add 1 ½ cups of boiling water and stir thoroughly until well mixed and smooth
- Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes
- Now scrape dough mixture onto sheet of plastic wrap and shape into 2-inch thick rectangle
- Cut dough mixture into 6 pieces
- Grab each piece, one at a time using 2 sheets of plastic wrap and shape into ball
- Flatten balls into 3-inch circles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Heat a large nonstick pan – medium heat
- Spray a little Pam Olive oil on pan
- Add arepas to pan and cook on each side for 5 minutes – nice brown crust should form
- Place arepas on baking sheet coated with a little Pam Olive Oil
- Bake for about 20 minutes (the arepas should sound hollow when tapped on lightly)
To make the open faced arepa sandwiches:
- Layer each arepa with 1 mozzarella slice and 1/3 cup of tomatoes
- Add pepper and a little salt
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Top with basil
Each delicious arepa sandwich is relatively low in calories. About 150 calories each!
Here’s a link to a tasty chicken salad and and avocado arepa sandwich recipe called: Reina Pepiada (a.k.a., saucy queen, peppered queen, pimped out queen).
Finally, for a fantastic, exotic variation, here is an arepa sandwich recipe, courtesy of Bobby Flay and the Food Network: Arepas with Lobster and Octopus.
We will appreciate your sending us your favorite arepa sandwich recipe. Also, where is your favorite place to go for arepas?