Arepa is a typical Colombian recipe from the region Antioquia, my home state. We serve them warm for breakfast, spread with butter and cheese on top, with a good cup of Colombian hot chocolate. These arepas are an essential part of the Colombian daily diet.
You can serve them as a main course or appetizer with any topping you like.
1 cup pre-cooked white or yellow arepa flour or cornmeal
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup white or mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tbsp butter
1. Combine the cornmeal, warm water, cheese, 1 tbsp butter and salt, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
2. Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes moistening your hands with water as you work.
3. Form 4 small balls with the dough. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags and with a flat pot cover flatten to ¼ inch.
4. Add the butter to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Place the arepas in the pan, and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until a crust forms or they are golden brown.