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After almost a week in Boston and beyond, I never had food so greasy, laden with decadence and so delicious as I did while stopping at every food truck I could find. By far, the best "had-food" was the arepa. Many vendors were making them and no wonder. They are great!

Arepas (Venezuelan corncakes)

These stuffed corncakes are original to South America and are generally served in areperias, Venezuelan restaurants. They are stuffed with anything under the son or just enjoyed for breakfast with better melting inside or on top. Making your own is worth the effort, especially when you can't find pre-made anywhere.

Makes 5-10 arepas

  • 2 c. Masa harina* (found in most supermarkets and health food stores
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3 c. boiling water
  • 3 T. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal and salt. Pour in 2 1/2 c. of the boiling water and mix with a wooden spoon to form a mass. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Using wet hands, form balls of dough out of about 1/4 c. of dough and press to form a cake about 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick. If the dough cracks at the edges, mix in a little more water and then form the cakes.

Heat the oil in a saut pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Saut the patties, a few at a time, to form a light brown crust on one side, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side. When all the patties have been browned, transfer them to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they sound lightly hollow when tapped.

*Masa harina is the traditional flour used to make tortillas, tamales, and other Mexican dishes. Literally translated from Spanish, it means "dough flour," because the flour is made from dried masa, a dough from specially treated corn. In essence, Masa harina is corn flour or meal.

To fill arepas: Split the arepas in half when finished and scoop out a little of the soft dough filling. Stuff with your chosen filling. Popular fillings are listed below.

  • Arepa de pabelln: shredded, seasoned meat and black beans.
  • Reina Pepeada: chopped chicken, avocado, and mayonnaise mashed together.
  • Arepa de domin: black beans and crumbled Cheddar cheese.
  • Arepa de perico: scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers and onions.
  • Columbian arepas: make smaller and thicker and don't bake. Top with butter and melted cheese.
  • Other possible fillings: grated white or cheddar cheese; guasacaca, ham and cheese, hard-boiled eggs.

The sauting step is sometimes skipped and the arepas are simply baked. In the countryside arepas are often cooked on the grill.

Small arepas can be made and served as appetizers with garnishes on top instead of inside. Or they can be eaten as small biscuits.

Sometimes a little sugar is mixed in with the dough to form sweet arepas (arepas dulces).

If you want the true taste of a Columbian sandwich, add some aji sauce. Simply mince 1 bell pepper, 2 jalapenos, 3 garlic cloves, 1/4 of an onion and 12 or so stems of fresh cilantro. Add to a bowl with 1/2 c. white vinegar, 1/2 c. water, 1 t. lime juice and 1 t. sugar. Combine well and let sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours.


  • Comment Link Shavon Endlich Monday, 23 October 2017 13:34 posted by Shavon Endlich

    Greetings, I am trying to get together a list of the local businesses,companies in Bolnuevo, so that we can create a local help file for people visiting Marina de Bolnuevo. If you have any ideas, please submit them to the Marina de Bolnuevo Blog on the website. If you can, please include their email address. Thanks in advance Tony.

  • Comment Link Norma Drawec Friday, 13 October 2017 08:23 posted by Norma Drawec

    Hi there, just wanted to share with you that we had a great vacation at Marina de Bolnuevo in July of this year ( We flew into Alicante and hired a car from the airport for the short drive to Bolnuevo. The beaches are clean, most of them awarded the Blue Flag. The bars were great, with paella on the beach a delight and managed a trip to the nudist beach there. Very liberating. We also visited the Big Guns, The Roman Mines and the Sand sculptures. Will be returning there again next year. Look forward to catching up with you at Marina de Bolnuevo in the next few months. Thanks for reading Tony.

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