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Disneys encanto arepa con queso
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Disney’s Encanto Inspired Arepas Con Queso Recipe

Arepas con Queso are a simple savory corn cake that is a staple of Columbian culture. The dough is made from precooked cornmeal and is a popular dish in South America.

There are both a Colombian arepas and a Venezuelan Arepa as well. Arepas can be plain, stuffed with cheese, or topped with pulled meats and other garnishes. These are genuinely versatile little snacks.

Encanto Arepas
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In Disneys Encanto, Mirabel Madrigal’s mother, Julieta, has the unique gift of being able to cure ails with her food. Julieta Madrigal’s delicious Arepas cure not only physical ailments like a cut on Mirabel Madrigal’s hand, but they can be a cure for worry and stress as well.

While these arepas con queso may not heal your wounds like Julieta Madrigal in a Disney movie, they can certainly bring joy to your life.

Check out our video and recipe below:

Disney’s Encanto Inspired Arepas Con Queso:

Ingredients: Masarepa, water, milk, salt, cheese
Ingredients: Masarepa (precooked corn meal), water, milk, salt, mozzarella cheese
Arepas Con queso

Arepas Con Queso Recipe

Inspired by Disney's Encanto
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups Masarepa precooked cornmeal
  • 2 cups warm water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup mozzarella or cotija cheese any quick melting shredded cheese will do well here
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix salt and masarepa together. Add warm water and milk and knead until combined. Cover arepa dough in plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Portion dough into small balls about the size of a golf ball.
  • Use your hands to flatten the dough ball into discs. In the center of one disc, put a tablespoon-sized pinch of mozzarella cheese. Place a second disc on top of the first and pinch along the edges to create a seal.
  • In a flat skillet on medium heat, pour a thin layer of cooking oil. Fry arepas on each side for three to four minutes until the dough is golden brown with some dark spots throughout. Sprinkle with additional shredded cheese immediately after removing from heat.

Notes

Because arepa con queso are thicker than traditional arepas that don’t have a filling, they will need to cook a bit longer on each side to allow the cheese to melt. Putting them on a plate in the oven on the “warming” setting is helpful to enable them to continue to melt while you cook your other cheese arepas.
Arepas Con queso
Left: Frying until golden brown Right: Finished Colombian Arepas.

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