My friend Sharon and I have been meeting a few times a week to hang out, watch true blood (officially a guilty pleasure) and COOK for the past month- emphasis on the COOK please . We went to culinary school together so we both understand the need to prepare new, fun and experimental meals. We also know that sometimes you’re just starving and NEED TO EAT. Arepas are one of my meals for this occasion. They still feel exotic enough that I’m not cheating myself out of a unique meal but are almost as simple as making tortillas.
She’s amazing at plating the dish isn’t she? This presentation is all Sharon for sure! Now onto our” recipe” used
Arepas for two
1 cup Masa
2/3 cup HOT water (not quite boiling but close)
1/2-3/4 cup finely diced veg- carrot, onion, bell peppers…
1 -2 Tablespoon oil
Place masa, salt and oil into a bowl and combine with a fork. Add the hot water and mix everything with a fork. Let the mix stand for about 2-3 minutes or until it’s cool enough for you to touch it. Add in your veg. Using your hands,mix the veggies in with the masa then form patties. Fry the patties in a small amount of oil (about 4 minutes each side). Sprinkle with salt or shoyu when done.
I like having these with a cucumber/avocado guacamole or some sort of salsa but that’s optional. I’ve made these while watching spanish soccer, the super bowl and just randomly for lunch. Give em a whirl sometime!
What is your “I’m hungry and NEED food” meal?