Friday, December 24, 2010

Arepas de Choclo "Sweet Corn Arepas"

These Arepas are the perfect treat for cold day. In Colombia due to its geography, is so easy to change from tropical weather to cold, just driving for a few minutes, so is very common to go outside the city to small villages located on a higher altitude to have these Arepas that are usually baked on brick ovens and serve with fresh cheese and hot chocolate. Here, a very simple recipe using ingredients we all can buy in any supermarket.


1 can of 398 mL of Cream-Style Corn
1 1/4 cup yellow precooked cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon soft butter
Butter to spread
Fresh Cheese to serve (Queso fresco can be found in Latin American Markets or can be replaced by Ricotta or even Mozzarella)

In a large bowl mix the corn meal with the cream-style corn, sugar, salt and butter, and knead with you hands until or ingredients are incorporated. Let set for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 parts and make balls with your hands. Flatten to desire thickness and cook them in a non stick pan sprayed with a bit of oil. Cook over medium heat until brown about 4 minutes, flip and cook the other side for another 4 minutes.

Spread butter on one side and top with slices of cheese. Serve warm.

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