These cheese arepas are a simple and tasty recipe that will transport you directly to the warm streets of Colombia with each bite. These delicious arepas, made with precooked corn flour, water, milk, grated cheese, and butter, are the perfect combination of soft flavors and irresistible textures.
Imagine the aroma and flavor of the melted cheese mixed with the soft and tender corn dough, accompanied by a golden and crispy outer layer. This recipe is ideal for sharing with your loved ones at a special breakfast, a family dinner, or simply as a comforting snack at any time of the day.
These delicious cheese arepas are the type of arepas that you can find at street food stalls. They are usually stands that only sell this type of arepas, where the vendor brings his prepared dough, only heats the griddle, adds the cheese arepas, and places them to roast in front of their customers to eat them hot.
From time to time I like to go out and buy some, even to take home, but I always end up eating one on the street. What I love is the cheese inside, although the cheese is mixed with the dough, because when you bite into it, the cheese stretches out.
So if you are thinking of setting up a cheese arepa business, I will share the recipe so you can start testing at home and become an expert and sell them.
I hope you enjoy preparing these cheese arepas and don't forget to share them.
What is the ideal type of cheese?
The ideal type of cheese is one that is easily grateable and has a mild flavor. You can use mozzarella cheese, costeño cheese, or just fresh cheese. However, feel free to experiment with other cheeses that you like and suit your preferences.
How to achieve perfectly round arepas?
To make the arepas round, you can make dough balls the size of a fist and then flatten them with the help of a plate or your hands. If you want more precision, you can use a round cookie cutter or an arepa mold. It is important to maintain a uniform thickness throughout the arepa to ensure even cooking.
Tips for cooking arepas to perfection
To cook the arepas to perfection heat a skillet or griddle and grease it with a little butter. Arrange the arepas on the griddle or skillet and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes on each side or until they are golden. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the dough, so keep an eye on the arepas during cooking to prevent them from burning.
Not kneading enough: It is important to knead the mixture of corn flour, water, milk, grated cheese, butter, and salt well, so that all the ingredients are properly integrated. Otherwise, the arepas may crumble during cooking.
Irregular thickness: If the arepas do not have a uniform thickness, they may not cook evenly and some parts may remain raw or burn.
Cooking at high heat: Cooking the arepas at high heat can cause them to burn on the outside and remain raw on the inside. It is important to cook them over medium heat to ensure even cooking.
If you love cheese arepas, I recommend trying these other Colombian recipes that also include corn or cheese as the main ingredients:
Corn arepas: These are sweet arepas made with tender corn and cheese, perfect for enjoying at breakfast or snack time.
Stuffed arepas: You can vary the filling of your arepas with ingredients such as shredded meat, chicken, avocado, egg, and more, to enjoy different flavors and textures.
Cheese empanadas: These delicious fried empanadas filled with cheese are ideal as an appetizer or to share with friends and family at a gathering. We recommend you prepare: wheat flour cakes or chicken crepes.
- 2 cups of precooked corn flour or masarepa
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 cups of grated cheese Mozzarella cheese (costeño cheese or just fresh cheese)
- 2 teaspoons of butter
- Salt to taste
- Mix the two cups of corn flour or masarepa, the cup of warm water, the cup of milk, the two cups with the grated cheese, the two teaspoons of butter, and the salt to taste in a large bowl.
- With the help of your hands knead very well so that all the ingredients mix completely.
- Make dough balls the size of a fist and then flatten them with the help of a plate or with your hands.
- Heat a skillet or griddle, and grease it with a little butter.
- Arrange the arepas on the griddle or skillet and leave them over medium heat for about 15 minutes on each side or until they are golden (The time will depend on the thickness of the dough).
- Serve and enjoy