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Ingredient List (Serves 2-3 people)
For the Arepas:
- P.A.N. brand pre-cooked white (or yellow) corn meal / Harina de maiz. See link at the bottom of this article).
For the Perico (arepa filling/scrambled eggs)
- 4 Eggs (or more if you’re hungry. I find 4-5 feeds two perfectly well)
- 1-2 medium sized tomatoes (do one if you’re not a big tomato fan, do two if you like em)
- 1 White or Yellow or Spanish Onion.
- Minced garlic (fresh or the kind from the jar)
- Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning with pepper (this is optional but it definitely helps the flavor and you can use it in tacos or other latin dishes to give it a little extra excitement. It’s not very spicy but just adds a little extra personality to the filling.
- Black Pepper
- 1 ripe and ready Avocado
- 1 container of queso blanco (white cheese) or queso fresco (fresh cheese, this one is preferred for this recipe) or queso de freir (cheese to fry). You should be able to find these in your grocery store around the pre-packaged cheese, around where you would find the shredded mozz.
Suggested beverages to make your brunch a little more Venezuelan:
- Cafe (coffee!!)
- Mango Juice (jugo de mango)
- Tamarind Juice (jugo de tamarindo)
- Or just some good old Orange Juice (jugo de naranja)
For the Pink Sauce (Salsa Rosada)
- Add a dash of hot sauce if you like – I don’t usually.
You will also need:
- 1 Large frying pan & 1 medium frying pan
- Spatula for stirring the eggs
- Spatula for flipping the arepas
- A large/medium mixing bowl for the arepa dough
A few last notes:
Both the P.A.N. flour and the Adobo seasoning can usually be found in the “ethnic” or “latin” section of most large grocery stores in NYC and Philadelphia and Miami. (Kalamazoo friends… I HAVE checked at Meijer and I have NOT found it there, sorry!). La Hispanica on Portage Street in Kzoo probably sells it. Bodegas in Washington Heights will have this as well. I can tell you that these will both be cheaper if you can find them in a store rather than amazon. The PAN Harina (pronounced “ah-reena”) should be less than $5 in the store.