“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
I’m really excited to share this next post with my readers. My family has recently been in this kick to try different foods. American classics are great, but it’s nice to break away from the traditional meals we make daily and dive into something new.
The culturally new ingredient that I’m talking about is called P.A.N. Cornmeal. This is actually something that a lot of Venezuelan families use in their meals and now we’re using it in ours. What do you make with this fabulous ingredient? In my home, we made something called arepas. When I was a kid, I remember trying these and honestly my kids loved them as well! How exciting to bring something so culturally diverse to our kitchen and have my family love it.
There are many different food trends happening in the USA and we’re not hopping on all of them, however we’ll keep the arepas a weekly part of our food menu. The interesting thing about using P.A.N. Cornmeal to make the arepas is that it was super easy. It’s already the number one cornmeal in South America and it’s making its way to the top in the USA as well. It’s been around for many years, so keep in mind this isn’t something new, it just has a new spin on it.
I encourage my readers to pick up some P.A.N. Cornmeal and make their own scrumptious sandwiches with it. You can replace bread with an arepa in any way you’d like. Whether you’re making a Rueben sandwich or even a classic grilled cheese, the arepa is a good substitute. People love P.A.N. cornmeal because it’s not only a staple in Venezuelan homes, but because of its rich nutrients and versatility, it’s also become a staple in many USA homes.
Homemade Stuffed Arepas
- 2 Cups P.A.N. Cormeal
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Crisco Vegetable Shortening
- Medium Sized Mixing Bowl
- 3 Cups Warm Water
Grab your bowl and place on a flat surface. Add in your P.A.N. Cornmeal and your salt and mix together until well combined. Make a divet hole and add in your warm water and vegetable shortening and mix together with a wooden spoon. Once you’re happy with the consistency start kneading the dough in your hands. Divide the dough into smaller portions and roll it out to the consistency of a flat bread dough. Keep the shade round and place on a hot plate for 5 minutes each side. Once the Arepas are cooked cut a slit in the middle and and stuff with any savory filling. I stuffed mine with beans, avocado and cheese and they were heavenly. These are a sweet and unique treat to whip up when you have company coming over. Enjoy.
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