Arepas de Queso Recipe

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An Arepa is a breakfast food that almost everyone in Latin America eats. The
dough is primarily made from ground maize flour, milk or water, eggs, and
butter. The dough is usually formed into small pucks and can be grilled, fried,
and baked.
Depending on the region, Arepas are usually stuffed with cheese, eggs, or meats.
This recipe follows Colombian-style arepas, which are stuffed with cheese.
Colombians consider this food as a part of their cultural heritage and is
considered a symbol of national gastronomic unity.
Serving Size: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients:
1 cup arepa flour
1 cup grated mozzarella
1 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons
¼ cup vegetable oil
Procedure:
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and mozzarella
until each ingredient is well distributed, add in the water and mix until it
forms into a dough. Cover this and set aside to let the arepa flour absorb
the liquid.
2. Once the dough is soft to form, measure 3 tablespoons of dough per each
ball and flatten them using your palms, gently forming a ¼ inch patty.
Make sure to press around the sides to eliminate any cracks. Transfer
these patties to a parchment lined surface. Do this for the rest of the
dough.
3. In a large nonstick or cast iron skillet, heat up your vegetable oil over
medium heat. Fry the arepas by twos, turning only once. Cook until the
color is golden on both sides, a total of 8-10 minutes per patty.
4. Blot the excess oil with paper towels.

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