Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas


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These Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas are full of gooey, stretchy melted cheese. SO GOOD! All you need to enjoy these tasty fried corn cakes are 4 ingredients and a few minutes! Super quick and easy breakfast or lunch idea! They are absolutely delicious.

Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas

Pan fried until golden and crispy, full of gooey, stretchy melted cheese, these Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas are definitely my favorite! Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a late night snack!

If you’re new to arepas, all you need to know is this: they are fried (or grilled/baked) flat and round corn cakes (bread/tortillas) made with special pre-cooked corn flour. They’re gluten and yeast free! You can stuff them (Venezuelan version) or top with (Colombian version) all sorts of tasty fillings like meat, eggs, beans, vegetables, salads, or cheese.

I’m slightly obsessed with arepas recently. They’re one of the most delicious and easy-to-prepare foods!

What I love about these Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas:

  1. All you need are 4 ingredients: precooked corn flour (masa de arepa), cheese, water, and salt.
  2. Full of gooey, melted cheese!
  3. Naturally gluten-free, and without yeast.
  4. The dough is super quick and easy to make – no kneading, just mix the ingredients!
  5. You can totally eat arepas alone. Or as a side dish!

These cheesy arepas have a special place in my heart. They remind me of my mother’s pierogies (dumplings) with cottage cheese and potatoes. Whenever I’m home in Poland, I asked my mom to prepare a big bowl of pierogies for me that I, later on, fry on the pan until they are golden. This crispy crust on arepas combined with melted cheese brings these memories and flavors back.

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Flour for arepas

There’s only one important thing when it comes to making arepas. It’s the flour. It CAN’T be any corn flour. It has to be pre-cooked corn flour. You’ll achieve the best results by mixing pre-cooked white corn flour with pre-cooked yellow corn one.

Any other corn flour won’t work here. There is no substitute for this flour. It has to be pre-cooked white corn flour.

Please, please don’t try to make it with any other one. It’ll be a disaster. I know it may be a little pain to get this special flour in a regular supermarket, but it’s worth it. Once you try this cheese arepas, you will make them over and over again.

Arepa flour is specially prepared – cooked in water and then dried. The flour in Spanish may be called masarepa, masa de arepa, masa al instante, or harina precocida. The most popular worldwide brand is Harina PAN. There shouldn’t be any problems with buying this flour online. So give it a try!

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These Cheese-Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas are full of gooey, stretchy melted cheese. SO GOOD! All you need to enjoy these tasty fried corn cakes are 4 ingredients and a few minutes! Absolutely delicious.

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Yields10 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time12 minsTotal Time17 mins

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 2 cups Precooked white corn flour, eg. PAN (you can mix it with precooked yellow corn flour)
 2 ⅓ cups Lukewarm water
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Shredded cheese (eg. mozzarella, cheddar, emmental)
 Oil for frying

1

Combine arepa flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add warm water. Using a wooden spoon (or hand) stir until no dry lumps remain. Let it rest for 5 minutes.

2

Knead dough 2-3 times in the bowl, then divide into 8 pieces.

3

Form a ball from each piece, then flatten. Place a portion of cheese in the center of each patty.

4

Fold the dough over the cheese, making sure the cheese is completely covered and sealed.

5

Pat it back down.

6

Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add arepas, cover, and cook until golden brown, 6–8 minutes each side.

7

After frying, I usually transfer arepas to the preheated oven for around 15 minutes with some additional cheese on top. It's optional, but I like this melted cheese on top and even more crispier crust.

8

Serve warm!

Ingredients

 2 cups Precooked white corn flour, eg. PAN (you can mix it with precooked yellow corn flour)
 2 ⅓ cups Lukewarm water
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Shredded cheese (eg. mozzarella, cheddar, emmental)
 Oil for frying

Directions

1

Combine arepa flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add warm water. Using a wooden spoon (or hand) stir until no dry lumps remain. Let it rest for 5 minutes.

2

Knead dough 2-3 times in the bowl, then divide into 8 pieces.

3

Form a ball from each piece, then flatten. Place a portion of cheese in the center of each patty.

4

Fold the dough over the cheese, making sure the cheese is completely covered and sealed.

5

Pat it back down.

6

Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add arepas, cover, and cook until golden brown, 6–8 minutes each side.

7

After frying, I usually transfer arepas to the preheated oven for around 15 minutes with some additional cheese on top. It's optional, but I like this melted cheese on top and even more crispier crust.

8

Serve warm!

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6 Comments

  1. Ai | Ai made it for you 19 May 2019 at 08:23

    LOVE arepas! I’m new to the game so I haven’t tried many fillings yet. So far I’ve tried cheese, reina pepiada, and carnitas!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 19 May 2019 at 11:33

      With chilli con carne they’re great too! 🙂

      Reply
  2. The Girl Next Door 20 May 2019 at 03:29

    The arepas look delicious! With all that gooey cheese inside, they are bound to be, right? 🙂
    This is something very new to me. I’m not sure if I can get my hands on pre-cooked corn meal here in Bangalore, India, where I live. If I do, though, this is definitely something I’d love to try out.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 20 May 2019 at 08:53

      I hope you’ll be able to find it or buy online 🙂 Have a great day!

      Reply
  3. Angie | Fiesta Friday 20 May 2019 at 22:20

    They look and sound delicious. Definitely fiesta-worthy 🙂 Looking forward to giving them a try!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 20 May 2019 at 22:32

      Let me know how it goes 🙂 !

      Reply

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