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Arepas Cafe: Quality Arepas in Astoria

New York Paul Yee 1 comment

Arepas Cafe's arepas are thin and overstuffed, with fillings like pulled pork with cheese and avocado or stewed chicken with peppers and tomatoes. More

A Sandwich a Day: Los Muchachos at Caracas Arepa Bar

New York Max Falkowitz Post a comment

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

J. Kenji López-Alt 20 comments

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

Venezuelan-style Arepas with Pulled Pork (Arepas Rumberas)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at... More

Venezuelan-style Arepas (Arepas Rellenas)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt Post a comment

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Notes: 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... More

Cheese-Stuffed Colombian-style Arepas

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 7 comments

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Notes: 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... More

Colombian-style Arepas (Griddled or Grilled Corn Cakes)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Notes: 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... More

Behind The Scenes: Caracas Arepa Bar

New York Laura Togut 5 comments

We love Caracas Arepa Bar and their delicious Venezuelan arepas. We stopped by the Brooklyn location of Caracas and spent some time in the kitchen in order to witness the mysteries of arepa-making first hand and share them with you. More

Sunday Brunch: Shrimp Arepas

Serious Eats Sydney Oland 1 comment

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

A Sandwich a Day: La Chiquinquira and El Venezolano at El Cocotero

New York Will Levitt Post a comment

When I walked into El Cocotero, a small Venezuelan restaurant in Chelsea, and ordered the El Venezolano Sandwich, the waitress refused. "You don't want that as a sandwich," she said, "you want it as an arepa." I decided to order both and see for myself. More

Cook the Book: Arepas de Queso

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 14 comments

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

A Sandwich a Day: Arepa at Coppelia

New York Carrie Vasios Mullins Post a comment

Reina Pepiada is a traditional South American sandwich in which grilled cornmeal arepas are filled with shredded chicken, mayonnaise and avocado. More

The Vegetarian Option: Caracas Arepa Bar

New York Laura Togut 7 comments

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

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

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

The Nasty Bits: Stomach-Stuffed Arepas

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 11 comments

[Photos: Greg Takayama] To those who claim there's nothing better than a juicy steak, I offer the stomach as this week's counter-argument. Nose-to-tail eating affords a whole range of enticing textures. We often judge food by its taste, but texture... More

Chicken Salad Arepa and A Plate of Beef and Beans from Cafe 81

New York Robyn Lee Post a comment

Chicken salad isn't something I think of as a crave-worthy food, but that's probably because I haven't eaten the Venezuelan version often enough. Aside from beef, cheese, and chicken-filled arepas, Cafe 81 in the East Village serves a reina... More

Arepa Crawl in Williamsburg

New York Erin Zimmer 7 comments

Three areperas all sit within a few blocks of each other in Williamsburg. But who does the South American corncake pocket best? A battle between Caracas, Arepa Arepa, and Shachi's. More

El Cocotero: A Venezuelan Neighborhood Restaurant That Fills A Need

New York Ed Levine 6 comments

I had not heard of or read about El Cocatero. Even googling it shed virtually no light on the restaurant. But Serious Eater Michele Humes shamed me into paying a visit there for the crispy green plaintain sandwich, patacones maracuchos, and goat. Even better, it was a mere ten minutes from Serious Eats World HQ. More

Beef and Plantain-Filled Arepas from Shachi's

New York Robyn Lee 2 comments

When I told the waiter that my friend and I were going to share a bunch of arepas—Venezuelan sandwich-like cornmeal patties stuffed with meats, cheese, and more—he looked at us like we were crazy. "Uh, how many do you... More

Dinner Tonight: Honey-Chipotle Arepas

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 11 comments

This is not where I figured I'd end up. I had made some chorizo and wanted a simple side dish to soak up the porky goodness. Since I was out of tortillas, and didn't feel like making my own, I... More

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