An arepa is a type of food that is made from ground maize dough. The dish originated in pre-Columbian times in the northern region of South America and is notable in Colombian and Venezuelan cuisines. In those countries, it is eaten every day.
t can be served with accompaniments such as milk, cuajada (fresh cheese), various meats, fish, avocado, or diablito (devil ham spread). In modern times, you may find even more creative an unusual fillings for these yummy treats.
Arepas are traditionally made by soaking and pounding dried corn in a pilón — a large mortar and pestle. The moist pounded dough would then be molded and baked into cakes. The cakes are split open and filled with the filling of your choice.
About Venezuelan-Style Arepas
Throughout its history, the arepa has remained mostly unchanged from the arepas that would have eaten pre-Columbian indigenous peoples. This will make the arepa one of the few pre-contact rituals that have remained popular in the years after colonization. You can find them from restaurants and street vendors all over Colombia and Venezuela.
Venezuelan cuisine is highly-influenced by many cultures. Arepas are one of the best snacks you can try out at home. If you want to learn more snack recipes, click here.