Arepas are an original dish from Venezuela and Colombia, and they consist of a kind of crushed buns made with cornflour and filled with ... many things!
A very typical filling of arepas is shredded meat, which is usually prepared with meat boiled with vegetables and then stewed with a sauce of onion and tomato. Serve any stewed meat in sauce, very tender, shredded -this is important-, and mixed with a little of the whipped sauce.
On this occasion we will teach you how to prepare La Reina Pepiada, a Venezuelan arepa famous throughout the world, stuffed with chicken and avocado, La Reina Pepiada, deserves a place of honor.
Follow at home this simple recipe to taste one of the most famous flavors of Venezuela:
For the arepas dough:
(Serves 6 people)
360g of white or yellow cornmeal (P.A.N.).
600 ml of water
In a bowl, put the water and salt, and add the cornmeal.
Mix well first with a wooden spoon and then with your hands, until the dough is homogeneous.
Let it rest for 1 minute
With wet hands, make six balls and squash them on a piece of greaseproof paper.
Heat a griddle or frying pan brushed with olive oil.
When hot, cook the arepas until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
For the filling "La Reina Pepiada":
(Serves 6 people)
1 roast chicken breast
1/2 purple onion
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
Chopped cilantro or parsley
Fray or chop the chicken
Smash the avocado, and chop the garlic and onion very finely
Mix everything with the chopped cilantro, season, and sprinkle with the lemon juice
Add mayonnaise until the desired consistency is obtained.
To fill the arepas, we cut one end and open them, without completely separating the two parts, and fill.
The arepas can be smaller or larger, although it is not recommended to make them too wide as they will be more difficult to fill without breaking them. If you do not want to fill them, it is better to make them smaller. There are countless recipes for arepas, but from here, we encourage you to make them at home and get your own recipe.
Enjoy your meal!
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