• Prep Time
    5 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    5 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 12
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    Traditional Stuffed Venezuelan Arepas

    Since this dish involves a lot of components, it's easier on the cook if you do it in stages. Both the bean and beef mixtures can be made ahead of time. The flour for arepas is sold as masarepa or masa precocida.


    Ingredients
    1
    pound
    flank steak (cut into 2 or 3 pieces)
    6
    cups
    beef broth
    1 1/2
    cups
    dried, soaked black beans
    1 1/2
    cups
    canola oil
    2
    large onions - (minced)
    4
    cloves
    garlic - (minced)
    2
    red bell peppers - (minced)
    1 1/2
    tablespoons
    ground cumin
    1
    teaspoon
    red wine vinegar
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    2/3
    cup
    frozen green peas
    1
    can
    diced tomatoes
    1 1/2
    tablespoons
    capers
    2
    cups
    arepa flour
    1
    ripe plantain- (cut into 1/2-inch slices)
    4
    ounces
    cotija cheese
    Directions
    In a medium saucepan, combine steak and broth (enough to cover meat). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, coverm and cook until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Reserve broth and set steak aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred.
    Drain and rinse beans. In a small saucepan, combine beans with water to cover by 1 to 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook until tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
    In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and bell peppers and cook until softened. Stir in cumin and cook 2 minutes.
    Add one-third of sautéed onions and peppers to beans along with 1/2 cup reserved beef broth, the vinegar, and salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes, then set aside and keep warm.
    Add shredded beef to remaining onion and pepper mixture and cook, stirring, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until sauce thickens. Stir in capers. Set aside and keep warm.
    Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups warm water and 1 teaspoon salt. Slowly stir in flour to make soft dough, adding water if it seems dry. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 5 minutes. Knead dough until smooth, about 3 minutes. Shape into 12 oversized golf balls, then flatten into disks about 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
    In a large skillet, heat 1/2 inch oil. Working in batches, fry arepas, turning, until crust forms, 4 minutes per side. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet as you work. When all the arepas are fried, place in oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until arepas sound hollow when tapped.
    In skillet, heat 1/2 inch oil. Add plantains and cook, turning, until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.
    To serve, slice arepas crosswise leaving hinge, scoop out inSide dish and fill with beef, beans, and plantains; top with cheese.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 12
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