Arepas : South American cornmeal cakes with white beans

Some days ago, I was  – quite exceptionally – watching a cooking-show on TV. A professional chef of South American origin made arepas, cornmeal cakes. 

That is how I got arepas on my mind.  I quite immediately made a batch, based on a recipe combining yellow cornmeal with grated cheese. Instead of cheese, I went for cooked white beans. 

The arepas dough is smooth and malleable…
…and can be easily shaped into patties.
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The arepas are baked in the pan and finished off in the oven
Arepas, juicy salad and spicy squash

My arepas are as straightforward as they should be… Made of things that you may very probably already have in your pantry. Simply seasoned with a pinch of salt and grated nutmeg. Easy and quick.   

I suspect that arepas will be a staple over here for the coming days, as my focus has now shifted to cooking up the perfect side. An overall enjoyable process, I must admit…

Arepas : South American cornmeal cakes with white beans
Serves 2
South American inspired arepas made of cornmeal and white beans
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 100 g yellow cornmeal
  2. 100-120 g cooked white beans
  3. 150 ml (non dairy) milk
  4. 1 tsp (or more) of oil, ghee or butter
  5. 1 small pinch of salt
  6. grated nutmeg
  1. Measure the flour and place it in a bowl
  2. Mash the white beans and add to the cornmeal
  3. Place the milk in a pot with the grated nutmeg and heat it up
  4. Remove the milk from the heat and add a pinch of salt and the oil or butter
  5. Add the milk to the cornmeal and mix well
  6. Let the mixture rest for at least 15 min
  7. Preheat the oven at 220 °C (428 °F)
  8. Heat a greased pan
  9. Take up pieces of the dough with a tablespoon, place in your palm and form patties with your hands
  10. Bake the patties for about 4 minutes on each side on medium to high heat
  11. Line an oven tray with greased parchment paper
  12. Place the arepas on the tray and bake in the middle of the oven for another 10 min
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