Craving some Latin food? You are in for a treat! This week’s Cultural Tidbits Monday will showcase some simple Venezuelan food recipes. Learn how to cook arepas and cachapas!
Arepas and cachapas: What are they?
Arepas are like a thicker tortilla, made with flour and/or ground corn dough. Sometimes even coconut is added to the mix! While they are one of the most popular Venezuelan dishes, arepas are also part of Dominican cuisine and Puerto Rican fast food.
Another Venezuelan specialty is the cachapas. Also popular in neighboring Colombia, these are basically South American pancake tacos. That’s right: A thicker batter, but made of fresh corn dough, with the slight sweetness of a plain American pancake. Once ready, you may stuff it with all types of meats and cheeses: Pulled pork, chicken, beef, and even shrimp! The most traditional cachapa, however, is the plain cheese one, made with delicious queso de mano. Meaning “handmade cheese,” it resembles mozarella in texture, although it has a fainter flavor to it.
Simple Venezuelan food recipes: Videos and other resources
Want to see how eay it is to bake arepas? All you need is this:
2 cups of Harina P.A.N. flour
2 cups of water
A pinch of salt
Once baked, you pan-fry them until golden. That’s it! For the full recipe, click here. Once they are done, however, you have just created the canvas — it is time to paint on it!
Mmmm. And that’s not all: You’ll learn how to cook cachapas today as well! You’ll need:
Freshest corn you can find
1/2 cup of flour
1 teaspon of salt
5 tablespoons of sugar (you want tthat sweet afterbite)
A bit of heavy cream (for density)
Enjoy! Let me know how your arepas and cachapas mixtas come out