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meatless friday redesign Our friends at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, New Jersey, share recipes created in their Culinary Arts program on their blog, Our Daily Bread. This recipe is printed here with permission from MHCA Culinary Arts teacher Frank LaMendola. Arepas are a traditional Colombian food perfect for any time of day. This golden, crispy, and delicious treat is quick and easy to make. "Arepas son perfectas para ser rellenadas!" "Meatless Friday: Arepas Columbianas" by Mary Help of Christians Culinary Arts (CatholicMom.com) Copyright 2018 Mary Help of Christians Academy Culinary Arts. All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption]

Arepas Colombianas

  • 2 cups pre cooked corn mean (masarepa)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon soft butter, divided
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  1. In a medium bowl mix the masarepa, water, salt, and butter. Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes moistening you hands with water as you work.
  2. Form 6 small balls with the dough. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags or parchment paper and with a flat pot cover flatten to about 1/3 inch. The arepas should be about 5" in diameter.
  3. Add the butter to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Place the arepas in the pan, and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until a crust forms or until they are golden brown.
  4. Split the arepas using a knife as you would do with an English muffin and stuff with 2 slice of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Place the stuffed arepas back on the skillet over medium high heat and cook 2 minutes on each side or until the cheese is melted and serve immediately.

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Copyright 2018 Mary Help of Christians Academy Culinary Arts About the author: Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education.