These arepas have a crispy crust while the cheese inside stays melty and gives you that cheese-pull that everyone knows and loves.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
14
Yield:
14 arepas
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Shred 3 ounces of the mozzarella and cut remaining 5 ounces into 1/2-inch cubes. Transfer shredded cheese to a large bowl and cubed cheese to a medium bowl.

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  • Add cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and warm water to the shredded cheese and mix to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow cornmeal to absorb liquid. The mixture should resemble soft Play-Doh.

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  • With damp palms and fingers, place 1/4 cup arepa mixture into your palm and flatten into a 2 1/2-inch disk. Place 3 to 4 cubes of the mozzarella into the center. Gently fold edges of dough over to cover mozzarella cubes completely, patting to form a cake. Repeat until all dough and cheese has been used.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 or 4 arepas and cook until both sides are golden brown and charred in spots, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove to a parchment-lined baking sheet and season with a pinch of the remaining salt. Place in the preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil, arepas, and salt.

Cook's Note:

These can be stuffed with so many fun things. Think braised meat, other cheeses, etc.

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 11.9g; fat 6.8g; cholesterol 10.2mg; sodium 306mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (1)

Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2021
Easy to make and delicious! My family loved them. I made according to the diretions, except I used yellow cornmeal instead of white. They're not as filling as I imagined they would be; we ate nearly the whole batch (as a side with a dinner salad) between four adults. I got 13 out of this recipe. Would definitely make these again. Read More