Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Arepas con Queso

Arepas are corn patties. Arepas con Queso are corn patties with cheese. Being Colombian, arepas were a part of everyday food. They could be eaten with any meal and are a staple in most Colombian kitchens. I usually ate my arepa with breakfast - with a side of eggs and coffee (instead of toast). They can also be a meal, stuffed with different meats, cheeses and veggies. This version is the basic arepa recipe with fresh cheese in the dough. 

You can switch up the cheeses to give it a different flair if you'd like. Pepper Jack is awesome and so is Smoked Gouda. I wouldn't use hard cheeses, as they don't produce the same gooey-ness. You could also make these vegan by subbing the cheese for a rice or soy cheese - just make sure it is a flavor you enjoy and it melts well.

You can make a large batch of these and freeze them individually for a quick breakfast, snack or side. You can pop a frozen arepa in a toaster oven or on a greased skillet and your done. I am definitely going to be making a large batch soon to freeze up, since the baby is due soon. The less I have to prep, the easier. 

Arepas con Queso

Cook Time: <10 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: Makes approx. 8 arepas

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 cup extra fine arepa flour (yellow corn meal)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup queso blanco, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra cheese to top (optional)

Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Spray with olive oil. 

In a large bowl, mix the flour with the warm water gradually until well incorporated. Let it sit for a few minutes to stiffen up. 

While you wait for the dough to stiffen, you can grate the cheese. Then add the grated cheese to the dough mixture and salt & pepper to taste. Knead the dough until well incorporated. 

Form the dough into patties. Take about a 1/4 cup of the dough and roll into a ball with your hands. If you want to wet your hands with a little water, to prevent the dough from sticking, you may. Once the mixture is in a ball form, flatten it in the palms of your hands. Make the patties about 1/4 inch thick or less. 

Add the patties to the hot skillet and let cook for about 4 minutes or until golden brown on the one side. Then flip and cook for another 4 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with freshly grated queso. 


  1. I'm going to try to make these (because they are gluten free and sound yummy). Keep craving!

  2. This looks so good! I love cheese in my recipes. Will have to give this a try.

  3. i'm intrigued, I've never had Arepas con queso before, sounds like an amazing vegetarian side dish love that its so versatile. Can't wait to try it out, thanks for sharing =)