Arepas de queso fritas

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This is a typical Venezuelan dish (I'm venezuelan), and I like to make it a lot since now I live in spain. Everyone who has tried it loves them, so I thought I'd share it with everyone at recipezaar.

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  • add   1 egg yolk
  • add   1 teaspoon salt
  • add   2 cups coarseley ground cornflour
  • add   oil (for deep frying)
  • add   grated strong cheese
  • add   3 cups water


  1. Mix the water and the egg yolk.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour and the egg/water mixture.
  3. Mix and kneed the dough for about 5 minutes until it is compact.
  4. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile heat a deep fryer to 170º C, or fill a frying pan with lots of oil and heat.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough, the size of an egg and mold into a flat circle, about 1 cm thick.
  7. Fry until golden brown, turning regularly.
  8. Turn out onto crumpled absorbent paper and leave to cool slightley.
  9. Split them open (Lilke a Pita Bread) and fill with cheese, ham, butter, honey or whatever you wish (If there is too much"fluff" inside you can remove it with a spoon, leaving only the outer shell).
  10. Serve inmediatley, they dont keep and dont re-heat.