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Arepas with Nasturtium Queso Fresco

Inspired by my batch of Nasturium queso fresco, I decided to make arepas for dinner tonight. Many thanks to my friend Shiho for the blossoms! They are lovely and tasty.


Ingredients makes 12 to 14 cakes
  • 2 C masa harina
  • 1 C hot water
  • 1 C hot chicken stock
  • 4 T butter, softened
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 1 C crumbled Nasturium queso fresco
  • butter or oil for cooking the arepas
  • fresh herbs, for garnish
  • crema Mexicana or sour cream, for garnish
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (I used carrot top greens)
Procedure
Place the masa harina in a large mixing bowl. Add the hot water and stock. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until well-combined. Stir the egg yolk and butter into the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

Separate the dough into 16 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Make an impression in the ball with your thumb. Spoon some queso fresco into the hollow.


Then press the dough together into a ball again, trying to keep the cheese enclosed as much as possible. Flatten the dough to about 1/2" thick. Melt a pat of butter in a large, flat-bottom pan. Cook arepas in batches, adding more butter if needed.


They should cook approximately 5 minutes on each side - till the outside is dry and crusted, but the inside is creamy and soft.


Serve hot, garnished with crumbles of queso frescocrema Mexicana, and fresh herbs.

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