Aunt Helen’s Favorites; Arepa

The arepa is perhaps the most popular food in Venezuela. It is eaten hot as a kind of bread to accompany a meal, or by itself, stuffed with meat, bologna, cheese, scrambled eggs, or anything one wishes. In the old days, arepas were prepared from freshly husked ground corn, but today, the pre-cooked white corn flour has eliminated this lengthy process.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoons of salt

2 cups of corn flour (P.A.N. pre-cooked White Corn Meal)

2 ½ cups of warm water

Preparation:

Pour water in a bowl and add salt. Slowly add 2 cups of PAN, knead until smooth and can form a mold.

Hand mold cakes to 2 ½” diam. by 1” thick. Place on slightly greased skillet. Allow a hard crust to form on both sides then place in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes. These little tasty treats can be used in a sandwich, or served as a side with your meal.

This recipe I got from my neighbour before they moved back to Venezuela. Everytime she made them she would give me some. I finally decided to buy some P.A.N. and try them myself. They are very tasty.

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