This iconic dish is a celebration of Colombia’s rich food culture, where simple cornmeal cakes are transformed into delectable creations that have captured the hearts of locals and food enthusiasts alike. Originating from the heart of Colombian cuisine, Arepas bring the comforting flavors of South America to your plate. Join us as we guide you through crafting this delicious masterpiece, inviting you to experience the authentic taste of Colombia’s beloved culinary tradition.
- 2 cups pre-cooked cornmeal (masarepa)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon butter or oil (for cooking)
- In a mixing bowl, combine the pre-cooked cornmeal and salt.
- Gradually add the warm water, little by little, and knead the mixture until you have a smooth, slightly sticky dough.
- Divide the dough into small portions and roll them into balls.
- Flatten each ball to form a round disc, about 1/2 inch thick.
- Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and brush it with butter or oil.
- Place the flattened dough discs on the skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden crust and are cooked through.
- Remove the arepas from the skillet and let them cool slightly before serving.