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Colombian-style Arepas (Griddled or Grilled Corn Cakes)

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Notes:

  1. Masarepa is dehydrated cooked corn meal. It is available in the Latin section of most supermarkets in wither white or yellow varieties. This recipe calls for white, but they can be freely substituted. Popular brands include Goya and P.A.N.
  2. Crumbled cheese can be added if desired. Depending on the moisture level of the cheese, you may not need all the water. Colombian-style queso fresco is ideal. If you can't find it, substitute cotija, ricotta salata, or feta.
  3. Arepas can also be cooked on a greased panini press or a grill over low heat.

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