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Arepas

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Arepas

Makes about 20

Ingredients

Arepas:
1 cup arepa flour (precooked corn flour – P.A.N. is the popular brand)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Pimento Cheese Spread:
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 5 ounces)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Dash of cayenne
2 tablespoons chopped pimentos, well-drained

Procedure

Arepas:  Combine the arepa flour and salt.  Mix in the hot water and stir until there are no lumps.  Divide the dough into 20 pieces and roll each into a ball.  If not using immediately, cover with a damp towel.  Heat a large griddle over medium heat and coat it with the oil.  Roll each piece of dough into a ball and flatten to about ½-inch thick.  Add arepas, in batches, if necessary, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Flip them over and cook the other side, another 5 minutes or so.  Transfer to a wire rack.  Split arepas in half horizontally and top with pimento cheese spread.  Alternative toppings:  pulled pork, black beans and cheese, crab, smoked salmon with crème fraiche.

Pimento Cheese Spread:  Stir together all the ingredients in a medium bowl.  Spread on arepas and serve as is or, alternatively, broil them until cheese is bubbling and browned.

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