Have you tired arepas before?
These are a typical staple in some Latin American countries like Venezuela and Colombia. These are patties made from corn meal and stuffed with anything you like, from beef, picadillo, chicken salad, beans and cheese. It is a savory dish, full of latin flavors to enjoy with family and friends. I am from Ecuador but had family from Venezuela than visited often and made the most amazing Arepas. So delicious!
I was in a latin market the other day, and found the brand PAN for pre- cooked corn meal. This reminded of the delicious arepas I tried back home. So decided to make it for my family. I have to be honest, I was a little intimidated at first, since I want to make sure the dough is the right consistency and I cooked them right. I found a very simple recipe and how easy was to make them. Just need to mix the corn meal and water, to make a delicious patty, then lightly toasted and baked for 20 minutes. They will come out a little crispy outside but soft in the inside.
For the stuffing, I decided to make cuban styled beef picadillo. This is ground beef seasoned with latin spices, raisins, and olives. I also made "crema verde", a delicious and tangy creamy cilantro sauce, with cream cheese, greek yogurt, cilantro, garlic and lemon juice.
So let's start cooking !