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Arepas de Choclo - Sweet Corn Cakes with Cheese

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Arepas de Choclo - Sweet Corn Cakes with Cheese

Arepas de Choclo

Marian Blazes

Arepas are delicious corn griddle cakes popular in Colombia and Venezuela. Arepas are prepared with masarepa, a special precooked corn flour. Arepas de choclo are made with fresh corn as well, which gives them a sweet taste. Crumbled queso fresco cheese (similar to farmer's cheese) adds a salty contrast.

These arepas make a wonderful breakfast served with a slice of queso fresco on top, or even better - with a fried egg and a side of chorizo.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 ears of sweet corn)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups masarepa
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco (or other firm, salted fresh white cheese, like farmer's cheese)
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter for sautéing arepas
  • Extra cheese for serving

Preparation:

  1. Place the milk and the corn kernels in a blender and pulse briefly until the corn is coarsely ground.

  2. Pour the corn/milk mixture into a saucepan and add the butter. Heat over medium heat until milk just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 2 minutes.

  3. Add the masarepa to a large heat resistant bowl. Whisk in the crumbled cheese. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the masarepa, stirring with a wooden spoon.

  4. Continue to stir mixture until it's cool enough to handle, then knead gently with your hands until you have a smooth homogenous dough.

  5. Season with salt to taste and knead.

  6. Shape the arepas: take about 1/4 cup of the dough and form it into a ball. Flatten between your palms into a pancake shape, smoothing cracked edges with your fingers. Flatten pancake until it's about 1/3 inch thick and about 4 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining dough.

  7. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook arepas in batches until golded brown and crispy on both sides - about 4 minutes a side.

  8. Top arepas with a thin slice of farmers cheese while still hot, or place a slice of cheese between two arepas. Serve warm.

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