fried masa cakes with cheese (aprepas de queso)


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  • add   2 1/2 cups milk
  • add   1 cup grated mozzarella
  • add   1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • add   1 1/2 cups white arepa flour(precooked cornmeal)
  • add   2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • add   1 teaspoon salt
  • add   1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and stir in butter.
  2. Combine arepa flour, salt, sugar, and mozzarella in a large bowl.
  3. Add hot milk and stir until combined. Let mixture stand until milk is absorbed enough for a soft dough
  4. to form, 1 to 2 minutes (dough will continue to stiffen).
  5. Form dough into 12 balls (about 2 inches in diameter) and flatten between palms into 3 1/2- to
  6. 4-inch patties (about 1/3 inch thick).
  7. Heat ‚ tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over moderately low heat until hot, then cook 3 or 4 arepas until cooked through and golden in patches, 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Make more arepas in same manner, adding oil as needed.