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.
My niece married a Venezuelan man who recently got his American Citizenship finalized. They are one of the most amazing couples I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She is a great mom and he is a devoted husband and father.
Because he is Venezuelan, she is always posting pics of the authentic food she makes for her family — and that is where I was first introduced to what arepas where.
What got our conversation started was the day I posted a picture of my P.A.N. Cornmeal mix on Instagram and I was talking about how excited I was for being a food explorer and finding a new sandwich to make.
It was then that she started schooling me on all the different ways you could make them — and that everyone needed to include fried cheese in an arepa sandwich.
After doing some thinking, I decided that since I LOVE chicken and bacon, my arepas sandwich was going to include those two things, but then my daughter said — let's top our sandwich with caramelized onions and feta cheese.
So what is an arepa you ask?
Even though corn is native to the Americas, it has become a staple worldwide due to its rich nutrients and versatility.
- 2 cups P.A.N. Pre-cooked Yellow Corn Meal
- 2½ cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- grilled chicken sliced
- cooked bacon strips
- caramelized onions
- prepared hummus
- feta cheese
- Pour water and salt into a large bowl. Slowly add P.A.N. Pre-cooked Yellow Corn Meal and stir well. Knead for 1-2 minutes until the dough becomes smooth. Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and flatten with your hands.
- Cook for 5 minutes on each side over medium heat.
- Slice each arepa to form a pocket
- Stuff each with grilled chicken, cooked bacon strips, caramelized onions, prepared hummus and feta cheese.
Be sure to look for P.A.N. Pre-cooked Yellow Corn Meal the next time you go grocery shopping. To explore more recipes and get inspiration, check out the P.A.N. Tumblr page by clicking here.