Cook the Book: Arepas de Queso

Cook the Book: Arepas de Queso
Cook the Book: Arepas de Queso is a gluten free and fodmap friendly side dish. One portion of this dish contains approximately 9g of protein, 18g of fat, and a total of 215 calories. This recipe serves 6. This recipe is typical of Southern cuisine. If you have margarine, queso blanco, water, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes about 30 minutes.


Mix the masarepa, hot water, and salt in a large mixing bowl and let rest for about 10 minutes. Knead the dough until it starts to take on a sheen, kneading in the shredded mozzarella as you work. Form 6 round patties about 1/2 inch thick and set aside.
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Heat a large nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. You’ll use about 11/2 teaspoons of margarine per arepa, so add the margarine to the pan according to how many will fit at a time without crowding. After each arepa browns on one side, flip it and immediately baste the top with a little of the margarine from the pan.
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Continue to cook until both sides are browned and lightly crispy.
Transfer each arepa to a plate and top with a sprinkle of the queso blanco before serving.

Recommended wine: Riesling, Sparkling Wine, Zinfandel

Riesling, Sparkling Wine, and Zinfandel are my top picks for Southern. In general, there are a few rules that will help you pair wine with southern food. Food-friendly riesling or sparkling white wine will work with many fried foods, while zinfandel is great with barbecued fare. One wine you could try is Selbach Oster Mosel Riesling Kabinett. It has 4.5 out of 5 stars and a bottle costs about 15 dollars.
Selbach Oster Mosel Riesling Kabinett
Selbach Oster Mosel Riesling Kabinett
A crackly, starched and impeccable Kabinett; very limey-herbal; especially appley and minerally; stern minty finish. Goes with anything you like in the poultry, shellfish and seafood cuisine, especially if accompanied by cream- or butter based sauces. Great with summer salads and with Pacific Rim Cuisine.
Ready In30 m.
Health Score2
Dish TypesSide Dish