Gluten Free Arepas


Serve these South American cornmeal cakes with a side of pico de gallo or fresh corn salsa.

2 cups precooked cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups hot gluten free chicken broth or water
½ cup canned black or pinto beans, drained
½ cup shredded cheese (dairy, rice or soy)


1. Combine the cornmeal and salt in a bowl.

2. Add the broth (or water). Mix until a dough with no lumps forms.

3. When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to divide it into 8 pieces. Cover each piece with a damp towel.

4. Heat a lightly-greased large griddle. Dip your hands in cold water (to prevent sticking) and roll each dough piece into a ball. Using your fingers, make an indentation in the center of each.

5. Place a teaspoon of each of the beans and cheese into each ball.

6. Pinch the dough around the filling to enclose it.

7. Flatten each ball to 1 inch thick between your palms.

8. Cook them on the griddle until crisp, about 3 minutes per side.

TIP: Tell first-time arepa eaters that a “surprise” awaits them inside the cake.

Recipe Courtesy: Tina Turbin

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