I am often asked the same question, “what is your favorite Colombian dish?” My answer is always the same, Arepas... I love arepas! When I’m craving Colombian food or missing home, I usually make an arepa with butter and cheese. It’s comfort food at its best!
Arepas de Plátano Verde (Green Plantain Arepas)
- 3 green plantains peeled and diced
- ½ cup of masarepa
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 5 tablespoons of melted butter
- ½ cup of grated mozzarella cheese or queso blanco
- Salt to taste
- Butter or oil spray to cook the arepas
- Boil the plantains in a pot with water for about 30 minutes. Let them cool for about 5 minutes, then peel the cooked ripe plantains.
- Place the plantains, masarepa, water, melted butter, cheese and salt to your taste. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
- Make small balls with the mixture. Shape the dough into thick cakes.
- Add the butter or oil spray 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. Serve them warm with butter and cheese or as a side dish.
The arepa is a versatile dish and the topping or filling options are endless. It really comes down to what you’ve got in the fridge and pantry at the time. Today I want to share another arepa option, Arepas de Plátano Verde (Green Plantain Arepas). They are delicious and can be served for breakfast with cheese and hogao, or as a side dish for lunch or dinner. You can also serve them as an appetizer with shrimp ceviche or guacamole, perfect for a cocktail party. I served mine with fresh cheese and hogao on top. It was difficult to resist a second helping! These arepas are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and absolutely delicious!
TIP: The green plantains are challenging to mash by hand, so I used my food processor, which did a beautiful job making a smooth masa.