2 cmasarepa or finely ground american grits
1 tspsalt (omitted)
2 cwarm water
2/3-3/4 cgrated cheese (i like a sharp white cheddar for arepas)
·butter or oil suitable for frying at higher heat
How to Make Arepas 101
- Directions taken from the back package of Goya™ brand masarepa: In a mixing bowl stir together 2 cups masarepa or the finely ground grits, salt (if using) 2 cups warm water and the shredded cheese. Let set 5 minutes.
- Heat up the oil or butter a large cast iron skillet on medium heat.
- Shape the dough into 4" round circles and approximately 1/2" thick. Tip: I use a tortilla press to shape the circles.
- Fry the arepas in batches and without crowding on each side 2-3 minutes until golden brown. See aside to drain then serve.
We enjoy our arepas with any or all of the following: hot sauce/salsa or fresh tomato slices, avocado, fried egg, lettuce.