Cheese Arepas by Holly Zappa

  1. Mix the water, salt, corn meal, butter, and cheese in a bowl large enough to knead the dough.

  2. Knead until all ingredients are mixed well and the dough has a soft consistency. If the dough is too dry, add a little bit more water. If it’s too moist, add more corn meal.

  3. Start forming balls the size of a medium orange and place them between two sheets of plastic. Flatten it with a rolling pin to your desire thickness.

  4. Cut the dough through the top plastic sheet with a cereal bowl, glass, cookie cutter, e.t.c. Take off the plastic, the excess dough and now you have a perfectly shaped arepa.

  5. Cover a griddle with spray or stick butter. Turn on the stove to medium high and when the griddle is hot enough, add the arepas. You can also use a pan.

  6. Grill for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

  7. Top it off with mozzarella cheese or a Colombian-style white cheese. Serve immediately.

Total Time 20 min


  • 4-5 medium size arepas
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 cup (150 g) pre-cooked white corn meal
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded mozzarella cheese