Arepa con Jamón , Queso y Hogao (Arepa with Ham, Cheese and Creole Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on October 12, 2011

Arepas are really the perfect food! You can make them as an appetizer, as a main course, as a dessert, and you can even put them in a soup. And, to top it off, they are very easy to make. These delicious corn cakes made from basic precooked corn meal and water can be eaten any time of the day.

We have a wonderful place called “J&C Delicias” in Medellin. It is on my list of favorite restaurants and I go there whenever I visit my family in Colombia. They have the most delicious arepas topped with a variety of fantastic ingredients. I just love that place, but living here in the United States, I need to create my own arepas with my own toppings. This Arepa con Hogao, Queso y Jamón was my breakfast a couple of days ago and I want to share it with you, because it was absolutely delicious!

Buen provecho!



  • 2 servings
  • 2 arepas
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 4 ham slices
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup hogao


  1. Place the arepas on a baking sheet, spread two tablespoons of cream cheese on each arepa.
  2. Top with the ham slices and scatter the mozzarella cheese evenly over the ham, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Slip under the broiler about 4 inches from the heat source and broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of the hogao on top. Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.
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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa October 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Wow that looks ridiculously good for any time!


2 Mari @ Mari's Cakes October 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Que delicioso!! Love how you arranged everything on top of the arepa. I will do this soon!


3 Juliana October 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Erica, these look great!
Very tempting!


4 Angie@Angiesrecipes October 13, 2011 at 12:36 AM

This looks mouthwatering! I wish one for the breakfast!


5 Ivy October 13, 2011 at 2:40 AM

OMG, these sound delicious. I surely would love a breakfast like this one after so many months of diet.


6 norma October 20, 2011 at 10:04 AM

They sound and look delicious. Come to my house and make me some…


7 Erica October 24, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Thank you guys…..I appreciate all your comments!


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