Ready in 30 minutes
Arepas as made here are native to Venezuela (similar types are made in other parts of South America).
It is VERY important to use the cornmeal for Arepas since it is very different from American or Mexican cornmeals.
Mix well. Allow the dough to sit for 5 minutes. Then form into 4 flattened balls about 3.5 inches in diameter and .75 inches thick and brush with oil. Then cook using one of the following methods. In all cases the arepas are done when they have a stiff outer crust and sound fairly hollow when thumped.
1) Using an arepa cooker on the stove top. Place over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes for the first side and 3 minutes for the second. If using an electric cooker, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
2) Using a baking sheet and regular oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
3) Using a griddle on the stove top. Cook on high heat until crusted (about 5 minutes), then flip and crust the other side. Then continue to cook on medium heat until done (flipping frequently).
4) Combo method. Crust the arepas as in option 3 and then bake until done in option 4.
5) Fry in 2 cups of oil heated over medium heat in a deep pan or deep fat frier. Fry for approximately 10 minutes until golden brown on all sides.
For more information about acquiring the cornmeal for Arepas, check out http://venezuelancooking.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/la-arepa/
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