Authentic Colombian arepas with a twist

We're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Royal DC's recipe of one of their signature dishes – traditional Colombian-style arepas! The recipe for the arepas comes from the owner Paul Carlson’s mother’s family recipe, which has been passed down for generations from her Colombian ancestors.

Arepas 
Makes: 2
 
Cheese arepa
 
Ingredients:
Arepa dough
1 C Masa (white) 
2 oz Fresh mozzarella cheese, grated 
½ tsp Salt 
1 1/3 C Warm water 
 
Directions:
1. Mix first three ingredients together until dough is formed. 
2. Make a small patty out of dough and insert shredded mozzarella in the center. 
3. Fold the dough around the cheese to cover and smooth out any cracks with a small amount of warm water. 
4. Form into a small cake— approx. 4” in diameter — and cook in a cast-iron pan with a small amount of oil over low heat until golden brown, about 4 minutes. 
5. Flip and cook the same way on the opposite side.
 
Beef Arepa 
 
Ingredients:
Above plus pepper jack cheese
Sliced Avocado
Fresh lime
 
Directions:
1. Cut griddled arepa in half and stuff with beef, which has been roasted on the wood-fire grill and pulled. 
2. Stuff with pepper jack cheese, sliced avocado, and fresh lime.
 
 
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