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Arepas De Venezuela

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The national snack of Venezuela is an easy to make stuffed corn fritter. Make it Colombian style by flattening the fritter and top it instead of stuffing it.
Ingredients
  Cornmeal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (finely ground)
  Monterey jack cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Corn kernals 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Green onion 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Cilantro 1 Tablespoon, chopped
  Jalapeno 1 Small, seeded, chopped
  Corn oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (for frying)
Directions

MAKING
1. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, cheese and salt. Stir to mix well.
2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until steam starts to rise. Then add butter and let that melt into it.
3. Bring over to the dry ingredients and pour it in.
4. Add the corn, green onion, cilantro and jalapeno. Mix that all well until it comes together as a batter.
5. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes or so, until it thickens.
6. When the batter firms up, divide and form into balls and make patties, using damp hands to shape. Arrange them on a tray and place in the refrigerator until they firm up a bit more.

FINALIZING
7. In a large skillet, heat up the oil.
8. Fry the arepas on both sides until they are nicely golden brown and crispy.
9. Remove them and drain on paper towels.

SERVING
10. When they are cool enough to handle, slice them in half and sandwich them with black beans, sour cream, or cheese if you like or serve them whole.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Venezuelan
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Crispy
Method: 
Fried
Dish: 
Fritter
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Corn
Subtitle: 
Venezuelan Corn Fritters

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