Arepas

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
This version of "arepas," a traditional maize flatbread popular in parts of South America, calls for just masa harina, sea salt, water, and olive oil.

Yield:

12 servings

Recipe from

Nutritional Information

Calories 90
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 2.8 g
Satfat 0.4 g
Monofat 1.6 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 1.9 g
Carbohydrate 15.9 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 193 mg
Calcium 38 mg

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups masa harina
Cooking spray

Preparation

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Place masa harina in a large bowl; add boiling mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon. Cover; let stand 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, shape each portion into a ball with moist hands. Shape the balls into 1/2-inch-thick patties. Coat each patty with cooking spray.

Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot. Place 4 arepas, cooking spray sides down, in pan. Press arepas lightly with a spatula to flatten slightly; cook 5 minutes on each side or until crispy and speckled brown. Repeat with remaining arepas.

Note:

May 2002