Corn Pancake Sandwiches "Arepas de Choclo"
The traditional arepa served in Miami has two cornmeal pancakes with a layer of cheese inside. The pancakes are slightly sweet and have a delicious corn flavor. They're usually smeared with butter and cooked on a griddle.
"I made these today and used some shredded white cheddar with the mozerella. They are very tasty! We are going to top them with pulled smoked pork for dinner. "- Danagee
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Corn Pancake Sandwiches "Arepas de Choclo" Preparation
•Grind frozen yellow corn kernels in a food processor.
You can find arepa flour at many Latin and Mexican markets. If there isn’t one near you, You can use finely ground yellow cornmeal. In a large bowl, mix the ground corn from the blender, arepa flour or cornmeal, salt, sugar, flour and shredded mozzarella.
•Bring the milk and water to a boil in a small pan. Add butter.
Make a well in the center and gradually add the hot milk and butter mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until there are no lumps. Caution this mixture will be hot. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick. Mixture should have the consistency to a thick pancake batter.
•Heat a lightly buttered griddle to medium. spoon the batter on to the griddle to form 4" round "pancakes". Cook the arepas in batches until crispy and golden brown on each side. Immediately place a slice or two of cheese on one arepa and cover with another to make a sandwich. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until the cheese melts, flipping a few times.
•You may also make the pancakes only and store them in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve. Just lightly butter two pancakes, put a slice of cheese in between, and heat on the griddle at low heat until the cheese melts.
NB the hot liquid helps to bring out the flavor in the corn meal.
this makes 4 Mozzarepa sandwiches or 8 patties.
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