Our friends at IMUSA sent us an electric arepa maker and we couldn’t wait to test it. We had honestly never made arepas at home and had only eaten them at a restaurant. Arepas are corncakes popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They look very similar to English muffins or gorditas and can be eaten warm with butter as a snack, or split in half and filled with cheese, meats, or other fillings. If you don’t have an arepa maker you can still make this recipe and cook them on a skillet with a little oil on medium heat until they are browned and sound hollow when “thumped”.
This arepa maker with a non-stick coating is available to purchase on Amazon. It’s very affordable and similar to a waffle iron. It’s very compact and easy to use and store. You can make 4 delicious, golden arepas in only minutes. The unique non-stick cooking plates prevent the arepas from sticking.
We gave our arepas a muy bueno twist by adding some Mexican ingredients y mucho amor. Instead of the traditional P.A.N. arepas flour we used masa harina, a corn flour. We also added some softened cream cheese and Monterrey Jack cheese to the dough to give it a richer flavor. After making the arepas we topped them with shredded turkey, pico de gallo, and queso fresco. Take your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers south of the border with this recipe. Just brown some shredded turkey and a little onion and watch your leftovers turn into a savory Mexican mountain of goodness on this golden arepa. If you split each one like we do than 4 arepas quickly turns into 8, considering we topped each half with enough toppings to call it a single serving.
Yield: 4 to 8 Arepas
¾ cup milk
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup masa harina flour (recommend Maseca Corn Flour Masa)
¼ cup Monterrey Jack cheese (shredded)
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
2 cups turkey or rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 white onion, chopped
1 cup salsa of your choice
1 cup queso fresco, crumbled
Turn on the arepa maker.
Add milk, salt, and cream cheese to a mixing bowl and whisk until creamy.
Add sugar, flour, and cheese. Hand mix well until the flour absorbs most of the liquid.
Divide the dough into four balls. Using slightly moistened hands flatten the dough with your hands and soften the edges so you don’t have any cracks on the edges.
Spray the arepa maker lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
Add the arepas to the hot arepa maker, close the cover, and allow the arepas to cook for about 15 minutes.
While the arepas are cooking you can prepare the shredded leftover turkey listed below.
Using a wooden spoon, remove the arepas from the hot plate and while still warm, cut the arepas in half.
Top each arepa with the following toppings.
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add shredded leftover turkey and onion and sauté.
Top arepas with turkey and onions, pico de gallo or salsa verde and queso fresco.
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Photography by Jeanine Thurston
Note: IMUSA sent us the arepa maker to try out and we were compensated for writing this recipe post, however, the recipe is ours and so is our opinion about this product.