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Colombian Arepas

Ingredients Masarepa, Salt Vegetable oil  Mozzarella cheese

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Give Arepas a Try!

This recipe for Colombian Arepas uses four ingredients and takes 30 minutes from start to finish. And they’re just dripping with mozzarella cheese. Keep reading for the recipe!

An arepa is a patty made out of cornmeal and water. They can be baked or fried and then eaten plain or with fillings. Arepas originally began as just a plain snack in Colombia and Venezuela and there’s nothing you can’t fill your arepa with!


In a bowl, place the masarepa and the salt. Stir to combine, then form a well in the middle. Pour the water into the well. Use your hands to mix and knead the dough lightly


Separate the dough into 8 sections and roll each section into a ball. Press the ball flat in your hand until about ½” thick.


Place an arepas in a hot pan, cover and heat over low heat. Flip, cover, and heat on the other side until a crust is formed on both sides.


When cooled enough to handle, use a serrated knife to slice the arepas open and layer the inside with mozzarella cheese. Place back in the cast iron for about 5 minutes, until the cheese gets melty.

Arepas are wrapped in paper when served and eaten like a sandwich. But truthfully, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this easy and delicious snack.

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