Cachapa or arepas de choclo is a food whose main ingredient is the sweet corn or corn on the cob; it is a typical paisa recipe. But the truth, this arepa has become traditional in many regions of Colombia, such as Valle del Cauca and other places which have become specialized in making this recipe.
The cachapa is one of my favorite recipes because since we were little, we do it at home. My grandfather and my aunt helped grind the corn in a manual mill, which causes exhaustion in the arms. My grandmother and my mother were in charge of preparing the dough to assemble the arepa and take it to the skillet.
If I could choose, I would prepare them every day because besides that, they are delicious, the satisfaction of seeing my family together, and the teamwork that achieved generates satisfaction in the soul.
With what accompanies the cachapa?
This traditional and popular cachapa from the Andean region of Colombia, is usually a perfect breakfast or a great snack in the afternoon, accompanied by a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, without a doubt it is an ideal combination.
I wouldn’t say I like to eat cachapa anywhere, because nowadays in many places they don’t sell 100% natural corn arepas, many people prefer to buy the masses they sell almost ready in supermarkets. Still, its flavor is not the same, because the number of chemicals and preservatives that these masses carry alter their taste and quality.
Homemade cachapas are the best, made by ourselves, or my mom’s hands. So do not stay with the craving, and we will prepare them.Español
- 6 cups fresh corn kernels.
- ¼ lb of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 lb of cheese of your choice
- Grind the corn kernels, preferably in a grinding machine, if you don’t have it, you can do it in a blender.
- Once the corn has ground, add a little butter, eggs, salt, and sugar (The sweet or savory flavor is of your choice, if you prefer it, add more sugar than salt or, on the contrary, if you prefer it salty). Mix well to form a homogeneous dough.
- Integral grated cheese or thin strips into the dough.
- Divide the dough into three portions or where you want.
- In a pan, melt butter and add the dough, forming an arepa, and roast over medium-low heat.
- Cook until golden brown, and then with the help of a lid or a spatula, turn it over to brown on the other side.
- When it browned on both sides, remove from heat and serve hot, you can accompany with more cheese.