One of the best known dishes of Venezuela are its famous arepas, and although Colombia doesn´t stay behind in the seasonings and types of dishes based on these rich cornmeal cakes, Venezuela stands out for the great variety of fillings that exist for this typical preparation of these countries located in South America.
Such is the Venezuelan culture around arepa, that its cities are full of establishments where this type of cakes or toast are sold. Likewise each arepa receives a particular name according to its filling.
For example, arepa with yellow cheese is called “catira” (which is the word used in this country to refer to light-haired people); arepa stuffed with moutmeat is named “hairy” in reference to the visual presented by the meat prepared in this way, while the arepa alone is called “widow”.
For the arepa stuffed with yellow cheese and meat is intended the name “sifrina” which is as it is called to upper class women. There is also an arepa whose name is “queen pepeada” based on chicken and avocado, created in honor of Susana Dujin, Venezuelan Miss Universe.
They are also: the arepa of “perico” (filled with eggs prepared with onion and tomato), chicarrón, kidney, squid, octopus, tuna, quail eggs, chicken salad. Anyway, any tasty ingredient that goes through your imagination can be good to fill your arepa.
In this opportunity we want to offer you some examples of how to prepare fun and rich fillings to accompany your arepas at home, when you decide to try this typical dish of The Colombian-Venezuelan culture.
We advise you to prepare your filling before you start making your arepas (for more information you can see: Examples of how to make arepas), because once they are ready, it is a matter of opening them, filling them and eating them warm. Here are some examples to accompany your arepas:
Queen’s Arepas Pepeada
For this preparation you will need: An avocado, a chicken breast, mayonnaise, a pinch of salt. Once you have all the ingredients at hand, proceed to dismember the chicken. Also chop the avocado into pieces or small slices.
It then proceeds to separate a portion of the avocado you have chopped, and crush it with a fork, in order to get a kind of avocado puree. Mix your puree with the chicken. Add mayonnaise to your liking, small pieces or slices of avocado and a pinch of salt. Stir until smooth, and when you’re ready, fill your arepas with this rich preparation.
Meat Meat Arepas
In this case you will need the following ingredients: a cut of meat called skirt or overbelly, garlic, onion, paprika, sweet chili pepper, salt, pepper, vegetable oil. Once you have your ingredients at hand, we will proceed with the preparation. Pour a good amount of water into a pot (may be pressure or not) and place it on the fire.
Add a tablespoon of salt, a few garlic cloves and bring to a boil. When the water is in a boiling state, incorporate your cut of meat and let it cook until ready. Once you remove your meat, let it cool. Then proceed with your hands to fray or dismote your flesh, that is, the small strands offered by this cut of meat from them.
Once you have finished dismantling your meat, set aside in a bowl and then proceed to prepare your stew, with which you will give even more flavor to your meat. Chop the paprika, onion, garlic, sweet chili pepper into very small pieces, and if you want or it’s your tomato to taste. Some prefer to process these ingredients in a kitchen assistant or blender.
When you’ve chopped or processed your ingredients, then place a deep pan over the heat and add a little oil. Once the oil is hot, place a pinch of pepper and garlic until brown. Then add the base of your stew. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add salt. When your stew has warmed up, incorporate the strands of your meat and let it cook for about fifteen minutes or until the stew is reduced. With this preparation you can fill your arepas, in order to eat some tasty arepas of meat. You can also combine this preparation with grated yellow cheese.
Arepas of Parrot
The first thing you have to do is to calm down, because this filling has nothing to do with the cute birds called parakeets, but that’s what eggs made with onion and tomato are called in Venezuela and Colombia. For your preparation you will need: three eggs, a scallions (long onion or green onion) and a tomato.
Chop your scallions and tomato into very small pieces, you could also add bits of bacon or bacon. Then put a frying pan on the heat to which you will add a little oil. When it’s hot, sing your scallions and tomato. Let them get colored. Then add your eggs and a pinch of salt, then stir until the preparation becomes solid. And ready, another rich filling to accompany your arepas.
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August 28, 2019