Arepa with mince

Name, Surname
Silvana Antequera; 24, from Venezuela

Personal story
It is a traditional Venezuelan recipe. The fillings I find very tasty. Arepas are eaten from morning to night. They are also served as a side dish for lunch or with soups, but they are not filled. One advantage they have from me is that they fill you up.

Difficulty Level
Difficulty Level II

How much does it take to prepare it? 20 min.
How much does it take to cook it? 25 min.

Cooking utensils What are the necessary tools for cooking the dish?
For arepa: Pan (Teflon), bowl
For the filling: Knife, pan,dish, grater, spoon

People For how many people?
4 persons.

Ingredients List of ingredients with quantity.
For Arepa: 200 g cornflour, salt, 200ml water, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
For the filling: 250 g minced meat, 1 onion grated, 1 tomato, 1 green pepper, pepper, salt, 25ml water, 1 pinch of car- away.
For more filling: Margarine, 200g gouda cheese, 4 ripe avocados.

For Arepa: Put the cornflour in a bowl and season with a little salt. Gradually add 200ml of water and knead the cornflour into a firm dough. Let the dough rest for about five minutes so it can absorb the water. Then form balls the size of a small orange. Press by hand the dough balls into flat patties and fry until golden brown on both sides over medium heat. Only use a little oil here. The arepas are ready to be filled.
For the mince: For the filling, fry the minced meat, pepper, tomatoes, grated onion, caraway and seasoning. Then allow to cool slightly.
Other fillings: Halve the avocados lengthwise; remove the stone and peel the skin of with a knife. Grate the Gouda cheese.
The Arepas are cut in half and filled to taste. Spread with margarine and fill with either the minced beef, avocados or grated cheese. Here everyone can choose according to their taste, I think it tastes good with beef mince.

Practical tips and secrets Any secret to make the recipe tastier?
While the arepas are still hot, they are cut and can be filled with a variety of fillingssuch as: Minced beef, corned beef cheese (gouda or quark), ham, chicken, fish, chilli con carne, etc.

Seasonal tips Which season is the best time for having the dish?
During the whole year.

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