'arepas' on Serious Eats

A Sandwich a Day: Los Muchachos at Caracas Arepa Bar

It's no secret that we love Caracas Arepa Bar. And we're not shy to tell you about it: we've sampled their veggie options and taken a look behind the scenes at how they make their awesome Venezuelan arepas. Even though I pay visits on a semi-regular basis, I never tried the Los Muchachos ($8). It's a little pricier than the others, but totally worth it for the double header of meaty grilled chorizo and fried white cheese. More

Latin American Cuisine: Colombian Arepas

The most basic arepas in the Bogotá region are made with starchy white corn flour pressed into cakes about 1/4-inch thick then griddled. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You'll find arepas stuffed with cheese and baked on hot stones in coal-fired ovens. Arepas with sour milk cheese worked right into the dough. Arepas made like a pancake with sweet corn on a hot griddle. Golden yellow deep-fried puffy arepas split open and stuffed with an egg. Tiny arepitas eaten as a snack. Move out of Colombia into Venezuela, and you'll find thicker arepas split open and stuffed with fillings ranging from cheese and beans to pork or shrimp. More

Sunday Brunch: Shrimp Arepas

Making arepas on a Sunday morning is a great activity for a group. Making the dough, then shaping, frying, and filling can all be done with a glass in hand. And no individual task is too daunting, making this a great brunch for guests who cannot stay out of the kitchen, or even some anxious youngsters. More

Cook the Book: Arepas de Queso

These Arepas de Queso from Food Trucks by Heather Shouse are a top seller after last call. Little cornmeal cakes kneaded with shredded mozzarella and griddled in plenty of margarine (yes, margarine) are topped with squeaky curds of queso blanco. The magic of these Colombian arepas comes from the cheese that's incorporated into the dough making for sweet-salty little cakes with mild mozzarella. More

The Vegetarian Option: Caracas Arepa Bar

Caracas is my East Village no-fail. The Venezuelan arepas are authentic, delicious, and reasonably cheap; the atmosphere is casual and friendly. If you're a friend of mine and we've gone out to eat more than once, odds are I've taken you here. And vegetarian-friendly? As much as you could possibly hope for and then some. More

Dinner Tonight: Arepa Sandwiches with Chorizo and Black Beans

Most of the arepas I've had in my life have been dry and lifeless. Then again, essentially all the arepas I've eaten have come from my own kitchen, so I suppose I have only myself to blame. I've stayed away from them for a while now, waiting until I had a restaurant version that proved to me that they weren't always just rock hard pieces of dough. But I came upon this recipe from My Kitchen Movement and couldn't look away. More

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