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Meat Arepas     HT  HD  Venezuelan  45mins

Venezuelan Name: Arepas Rellenas Con Guiso De Carne

Serves 4       Hot   Beef  Pork  Herbs   Hors d’oeuvre   Starter   Appetizer    Gluten Wheat Dairy Free Eggless   Sth America   South American   Venezuela

1 tbsp Oil
100g/4oz Minced Beef
100g/4oz Minced Pork
½ Onion, chopped
1 small Garlic Clove, crushed
1 small Green Chilli, finely chopped
1 large Tomato, chopped
¼ teasp Ground Cumin
½ teasp freshly chopped Thyme
½ tbsp Capers
For the dough
300ml/10fl.oz. Warm Water
¼ teasp Salt
225g/8oz Masa Harina Flour


1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6. Heat oil in a medium saucepan, add the meat, onions, garlic, chilli, tomato, cumin, thyme, and salt, and cook over a medium heat, for 30 minutes, stirring from time to time.

2. Meanwhile, place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and gradually add the warm water, mixing to form a stiff dough. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.

3. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes then form into 4 balls. Flatten with the palm of your hand so they measure about 7.5cm/3-inches in diameter and are about 18mm/¾-inch thick.

4. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan, add the arepas and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until crisp and golden, turning 3 or four times.

5. Remove them from the pan and drain on kitchen paper then transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.

6. Stir the capers into the meat mixture.

7. To serve – split the Arepas in two, place on serving plates and top with the meat mixture. Serve very hot.

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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Boil  - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


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Chopping Knife


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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