Fry

Arepas

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July 29, 2011
Author Notes

Think of it as a tortilla with benefits, the benefits being a lovely, chewy corn kernels throughout, plus a wonderful "corny" taste from the masa harina. I serve them as bread with lots of meals that involve barbecue, and they are little short of wonderful the morning after, topped with an over easy egg and some grated cheese, with a couple of strips of good bacon on the side. You can also use them as sandwich bread for ham or barbecue, if you're inclined. Or spread them with honey or jam and eat them for a snack. Or....or...or.... —Kayb

  • Serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels OR
  • 2 cups cooked cream-style corn
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 3/4 to 1 cups masa harina
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt (see note)
  • Neutral oil, for frying
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine corn, egg, milk and seasoned salt. Stir to mix.
  2. Add enough masa harina to make a thick dough. Think sugar cookie dough in consistency.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons or so of oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Scoop up about 1/4 cup of arepa mixture, make a ball, and flatten in your palms to about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Fry on both sides until golden, and drain on paper towels on a rack.
  6. NOTE: Lawry's Seasoned Salt is my go-to seasoning. It has salt, celery powder and paprika that I can identify, and I'm not certain what else. If you prefer to come up with your own seasoning blends, season these however best works for you!
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I'm a business professional who learned to cook early on, and have expanded my tastes and my skills as I've traveled and been exposed to new cuisines and new dishes. I love fresh vegetables, any kind of protein on the grill, and breakfasts that involve fried eggs with runny yolks. My recipes tend toward the simple and the Southern, with bits of Asia or the Mediterranean or Mexico thrown in here and there. And a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a float in the lake, as pictured, is a pretty fine lunch!