Versatile Arepas

Arepas are patties made out of pre-cooked maize flour. They are really quick to make and super versatile. You can cook them anyway you like (fry, baked, steamed, boiled…). Just follow the pack instructions (super easy, just mixing flour and water (or milk if you want to make them more nutritious) mix for a few minutes until it doesn’t stick to your fingers when touched and it’s ready to use! I normally make small balls, flatten them like a burguer and fry them with a bit of oil. Once they are cooked, I cut them in half and mix the inside with a bit of margarine and fill them with vegan cheese and chicken quorn, or as the picture above, if you make a little incision and create a “pocket”, you can also fill them with black beans (see recipe here).

Kids loooove them. This dough is like bread and it will accept anything you want to put on it (spinach for green arepas, beetroot for pink ones, or any other veggie. Before frying them, you can coat them in pumpking and sunflower seeds for added texture. Opportunities are endless and they make a very quick dinner!


Suitable for celiacs and a good bread substitute. The flour is not that easy to get in normal super markets, however, you can buy it online or sometimes Caribbean, cash and carrys or South American stores will stock it. I added the picture of how it looks in the photo so you can identify it easily if you come across it.


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Almudena Segura

Mum, Community Project Facilitator, Theatre practitioner (BA Hons) and Co-founder of the The Hug Support Group CIC.

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