Venezuelan arepas are a great alternative to traditional wheat bread. Made from white maize Arepas are gluten free, wheat free, vegan and go with anything and everything.
Back at home we eat them with soups, as sandwiches, with BBQs, on their own, etc, etc, etc… they literally can substitute any form of bread.
Other countries in Latin America like Mexico and Colombia make Arepas, but each country has its own type of patty made from different flours, textures and flavours.
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- 2 Cups of HARINA P.A.N
- 2 1/2 Cups of water
- 1 Tsp of salt
Place the flour and salt in a bowl
Add the water whilst mixing at the same time
Knead for approx 5 minutes until the dough is soft and unified
In a hot pan add some veggie oil and spread with some kitchen paper
Make the patties as shown on the video and place on the pan
Leave to cook for 7 minutes on each side
Once all the patties are cooked and cooled down you can place them in the fridge or freezer well wrapped in cling film to cook later.
Otherwise place the patties in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 20 minutes. For a crunchier texture leave an extra 10 minutes.
Served immediately with some fillings or as a bread substitute
What are Venezuelan Arepas made from
Venezuelan Arepas are made from a 100% white maize flour which gives them the gluten free property.
Currently, there is only one company making maize flour called Empresas Polar, and they make our most famous maize flour brand called “HARINA P.A.N“. The company has branches in the US and Colombia from which they export the flour to other countries.
Where to get HARINA P.A.N
In the UK Tesco has started to stock HARINA P.AN. which is a big big plus because it was very difficult to get hold of it before. They call it Pan Pre-Cooked White Maize Meal 1Kg and sell it for £1.99, cheaper than anywhere else!!
Also if you’re in London there are several Latin American shops around Elephant & Castle that not only sells Harina Pan, but also more Latin American goodies.
In Italy you can also get it quite easily. Supermarket Carrefour stocks it in its shops, but mainly in the North of Italy.
There is also a company Called Le Farine Magiche that buys the product itself from Empresas Polar and packages in their own bags, they call it Farina per pane Arepas e Polenta and they sell it for €3.76.
Traditional Fillings for Arepas
Really Arepas can be filled with anything and everything, but the most traditional fillings are:
Which is Venezuela’s traditional scrambled eggs, and I have a video recipe on How to Make Venezuelan Scrambled Eggs
Pulled beef in a tomato sauce and grated cheddar cheese
The most famous of all the fillings made with pulled chicken, avocado, onion, and coriander
Filled with black beans and white Feta-like cheese
Filled with black beans, fried plantain, pulled beef, white cheese and sometimes people add a fried egg… Yeah, a very filling arepa!!
How to Keep and Store Arepas
Arepas are pretty easy to keep and store. After you’ve pan cooked them simply let them cool down and place them in the fridge or freezer wrapped in cling film. In the fridge they will keep around 3 to 4 days. In the freezer, they will keep for a few months quite easily.
You can bake them from frozen or directly from the fridge, they will only take a bit longer in the oven.
One thing though they are not nice when gone cold! They are really to be eaten freshly baked, when cold they go soggy, hard and not very nice.
You can also deep fry them, but is not very healthy and they can absorb quite a bit of oil, but, is definitely a quicker cooking method if you’re in a rush.
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