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Arepas

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 12 servings
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.

Ingredients

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.