Random Cooking Chemistry: Stuffed Homemade Arepas w/ Tzatziki Sauce

I saw this awesome food truck named Mr. Good Stuff on the Cooking channel that sold arepas stuffed with all types of goodies. So I decided to go ahead and try these suckers out.  First, I decided that I wanted my arepa stuffed with asadero cheese, chicken sausage, grilled peppers, onions, garlic and topped off with a cool tzatziki sauce.  Second, I had to rewind the DVR so I could recreate his recipe.

NOTE: I think I might of bought the wrong flour but it still tasted quite delicious!  I used Bob’s Red Mill (Masa Harina).  However, I think you’re supposed to use masa apera, which I could not find anywhere so I just went with the next best thing.  If you want the authentic flour you can order it online, here.

Recipe yields 3 arepas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Arepa flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • oil for skillet

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add arepa flour and salt to a bowl; mix. Now add water and knead thoroughly until there are no lumps of grain.

(NOTE: If dough too wet add flour, if too dry add warm water)

3.  Break dough into three equal parts and roll into a ball.  Using wax paper or saran wrap, pat down the dough balls until they’re about 1/2 inch thick.

4.  Add oil to a frying pan (just enough to coat the bottom) and turn heat to medium high.  After the pan is nice and hot, add the dough patties to the pan and let them brown slightly on each side.

5. After the patties are browned on both sides move your pan to the oven or add to a cookie sheet and let them cook for 15-20 minutes turning once.

6.  After the arepas are cooked,  cut them open and stuff with your filling of choice.

If you want to make the filling that I conjured up, check out this easy Tzatziki sauce recipe, here.

Enjoy!

~Tia

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