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CORN CAKES - AREPAS

Sunday, December 07, 2014

A while ago I came across the word “arepa”. “Arepa” ?? I went on a search and have been delighted at what I found. Arepas, a staple food in both Venezuela and Columbia are made from a special precooked corn flour (Masarepa – I ordered mine from Amazon as I don’t get out to shop). They can be simply made without salt. I used Mrs. Dash salt free French Onion Soup powder (about ½ the little package) in place of the salt. These crispy goodies provide me with “crackers” without the salt and are simple to make and inexpensive.
The thin version with your favorite cheese makes an amazing grilled cheese sandwich. The thicker version is traditionally split and filled with whatever you might use in any sandwich you like. The salt free nature of the stuffed arepa will depend, of course, on what you use for the filling.
For recipes and more information there are now many sites listed when you search on the computer for “arepas”. The site I would suggest you start from is:

http://southamerianfood.abou
t.com/od/breads/r/arepabas
ic.htm

and for a little different variety see: http://www.epicurious.com/reci
pes/food/views/Colombian-A
repas-239943

If you have questions feel free to post them here.
Hope you are adventurous and do enjoy!

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  • ROBEC4175
    You two sound very adventurous...I think about making tortilla chips and may do that one day but for now, I just wanted to say that I do use Mrs. Dash instead of salt when I can. Last night I steam kale in a little butter and garlic and the spicy Mrs. Dash and had it with my salmon.
    1318 days ago
  • MERILYNN1

    You must be psychic - the corn tortilla chips are next on my list! Will have to check the Asian markets out - there are bound to be some here with all the college students shopping. Thanks for the tip - M.
    1320 days ago
  • DEBIGENE
    Hey sweetie I just got home from a nice day out with friends and I purchased some Coconut Balsamic Vinegar. They had so many to pick from and I chose this one. My friend bought Raspberry, Pear and a Rosemary one.

    I am familiar with a bread type thing called rappa that I think is hispanic maybe not sure. I wonder if it is similar to what you are making? I have seen this on the cooking channel and I've even seen it frozen in the Asian Market. I think it is similar to Naan or pita. Speaking of pita do you ever make your own pita chips or corn tortilla chips? They too are very easy.

    Always good chatting with ya !!!
    1320 days ago
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