Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Classic!!


Today I have another homey recipe. I learned this one while I was in Honduras (though it might be a Columbian recipe). I was invited to go as a medical missionary and translator about 10 years ago, yikes!! After being there for some time I fell in love with the people and their food. Needless to say this one in particular became a family favorite.

Arepas with Tomato & Onion spread


*aprox. measurment

Masa (Dough) Serves 4 (2 arepas each)

1 cups Maseca flour (you can find this in the Latin food section or next to the cornmeal)

2/3 cups water

1/8 teaspoon salt

Onion Tomato Spread

1-2 small chopped onions (depends how much you like onions)

1/2 cup water

3 roma tomatoes

1 Tablespoons of Chick N style seasoning or to taste (I use Mckays)

1 Tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon fresh cilantro (optional)

1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano (optional)


Prepare Masa (follow package instructions for a specific serving chart). Add salt to Maseca stir in then add the water need the dough till soft (it should not be sticky) If it’s dry add more water a little at a time. Kneed dough and roll cut into 8 equal pieces. Form the piece into little balls. To flatten you can can use a tortilla press (go gentle though you want them to be thicker than a corn tortilla about a 1/4 of an inch or more) or you can use plate (make sure you cover plate with seran wrap and place parchment paper on counter so the tortilla doesn’t stick to either side. Have a well heated skillet on med. high and place your formed arepas. Cook for about 30 seconds to a minute on both sides (depending thickness of arepa).

Tomato Spread

Bring to a boil the 1/2 cup of water place onions in it. Let them cook on medium till they become transparent (add more water if needed). Once they become transparent keep an eye because you want then to dry out watch not to burn them. When they’ve dried out a bit add tomatoes (this will add the juice and flavor) Cook again over medium heat allow the tomatoes and onion to blend well. Once the tomatoes begin to look a bit wilted add the Chik N style seasoning and butter (you might want to add a little more or less depends on portion). Stir well and allow to cook for a minute or so.

To serve place 2 arepas in a plate add the onion tomato spread top with guacamole and a leaf of cilantro for garnish. Enjoy!!

Best wishes

From my kitchen to yours

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