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Family Arepas As Made By Cesar

by Rie McClenny

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Arepas

  • 3 cups
    warm water (720 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt (5 g)
  • 2 cups
    arepa flour (230 g)
  • 1 tablespoon
    canola oil

Fillings

Chicken Avocado Salad

  • 1 lb
    rotisserie chicken, shredded (455 g)
  • 2 avocados
  • lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup
    red onion, chopped (40 g)
  • ¼ cup
    red bell pepper, chopped (45 g)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons
    mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons
    fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Ham and Cheese

  • ham, sliced
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Chicken and Cheese

  • chicken breast, or thighs, cooked
  • onion, caramelized
  • shredded cheddar cheese

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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190˚C)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the warm water and salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved.
  3. Slowly add the arepa flour while stirring. Adjust the consistency as needed by adding more water or flour. The dough is ready when it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and doesn’t stick to your fingers.
  4. Grab a fist-sized ball of the dough and pass it from one hand to the other to pat into an even, flattened round. Pay attention to the edges so as to not leave cracks.
  5. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the arepas, flipping once, until golden brown in color, 5-7 minutes on each side
  6. Transfer the arepas to the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Make the chicken avocado salad: In a medium bowl, combine the shredded rotisserie chicken, avocados, lime juice, onion, bell pepper, garlic, mayonnaise, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  8. Cut the arepas in half and stuff with the chicken avocado salad or your favorite fillings.
  9. Enjoy!
 

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