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Cheese-Stuffed Arepas

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8 Servings


About the Recipe


  • 2 cups pre-cooked white cornmeal

  • 4oz light mozzarella, cut into 8 cubes

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, or as needed

  • Salt


Step 1

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 180°C.

Step 2

Stir together 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl. Gradually add the corn meal into the water, using your fingers to stir and combine, until a soft and moist dough forms.

Step 3

Divide the dough into 8 golf ball-size balls and pat each into a patty about 5-inches wide and 1/4-inch-thick.

Step 4

Put a cube of mozzarella in the center of each patty. Fold the dough over the cheese, making sure the cheese is completely covered and sealed. Pat it back down until 3-inches wide and 1/2-inch-thick (see Cook's Note).

Step 5

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Working in batches, cook the corn patties, until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side (making sure the oil is hot for each batch). Transfer to a cooling rack set on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the edges are crisp and golden, about 10 minutes.


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