Arepas Rellenas Con Guiso De Carne Recipe 
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Arepas Rellenas Con Guiso De Carne

1 recipe basic arepa dough
2 tbsp oil
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 medium onion -- chopped
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 small green chile -- chopped
2 large tomatoes -- peel, seed, chop
1/2 tsp achiote powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp thyme leaves
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
8 pimento-stuffed olives sliced
1 tbsp capers

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat, add meat, onions, garlic, green chile, tomato, achiote, cumin, thyme, black pepper and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until tomatoes have formed a thick sauce. Stir in olives and capers.

Prepare a recipe of basic arepas, shape into 3-inch discs (3/4-inch thick), cook. When done, split in half, fill with meat sauce and serve hot.

Basic arepa dough

2 c Pre-cooked masa flour -(yellow or white)
1 ts Salt
3 c water boiling
Butter; softened

In a large mixing bowl combine flour and salt. Add water stir with a wooden spoon to make a soft dough. Let stand for 5 minutes then knead for 3 minutes. Dough is ready to be shaped into standard arepas or to be mixed and kneaded with other ingredients such as cheese chicharrones (pork rind) etc.

Venezuelan arepa is 3 inches in diameter 3/4 inch thick. Columbian arepas are larger and thinner about 4 inches in diameter 1/4 inch thick. To make arepas oil or wet hands lightly and shape dough into balls. Place between 2 pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap and flatten into a circle; shape the edges to form a smooth disc.

To cook arepas: Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium heat; grease lightly and cook arepas on both sides turning a couple of times until a crust is formed. Colombian arepas are ready to be served at this point spread with butter. Venezuelan arepas have to be baked in a preheat 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

To check for doneness tap the arepa lightly ~- if a hollow sound is heard it's ready. Split open add butter and serve hot. Arepas freeze well if frozen while still warm. Freeze in layers separated by plastic wrap.

Reheat frozen arepas wrapped in aluminum foil in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 minutes or until heared through.

Servings: 10

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