Thursday, December 23, 2010

Arepas con carne desmechada (Arepas filled with shredded beef)

Ingredients for the Arepas:

2 cups precooked cornmeal (Areparina, PAN, colombia harina)
2cups warm water
2 tablespoons soft butter

Mix the cornmeal and salt, add the warm water and mix with a fork. Stir in the butter and work the dough with your hands. Make balls and flatten then to desire thickness.

Grill the Arepas over the stove on a grill , barbecue or on a non stick pan in medium heat until golden brown and crunchy.

Shredded beef Ingredients

1 pound fo flank steak
2 ripen tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 big spanish onion finely chopped
1 scallion chopped
1 red or purple bell pepper diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 turmeric or food color
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil

Clean and cut the flank steak into big chunks and cook in pressure cooker with one of the garlic cloves, enough water to cover and salt. Cook for 30 minutes on medium heat or until the meat is tender and cab be shredded easily. If you are not using a pressure cooker, add more water and boil for a longer time.

Set the meat aside to cool, and with the help of 2 forks shred it. Set aside.

- heat the oil with the turmeric in a large sauce pan. Stir in the remaining onion finely chopped and the scallion and cook until soft and translucent. Add the tomato, the bell pepper, salt and pepper, cumin and chili flakes if you like a bit of spice. Stir fry for 5 minutes in medium heat. Add the shredded meat and simmer for another 5 minutes until a saucy consistency.

Open the Arepas with a knife and fill with the meat sauce

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