Add the Masarepa and salt to a bowl. Mix in the liquid and the oil. Don’t worry if this looks too wet, the cornmeal will absorb the water. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 360 degrees F.
Check your dough. The dough should be smooth and not stick to your hands. If it appears too dry, add a little water and knead it in, then let it rest another few minutes. If too wet, knead in a little additional flour and let rest.
Divide the dough into 8 portions and using your hands, form each into a ball. Press to form a small cake about 3/4’s of an inch thick and about 4 inches wide. If the dough cracks at the edges, mix in a little more water and then form the cakes.
Heat the oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Sauté the patties, a few at a time, to form a light brown crust on one side, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side. Don’t cook these too fast or they won’t be done in the middle.
When all the patties have been browned, transfer them to a rack or place right on the oven rack and bake in the oven about 15 minutes, or until they sound hollow when lightly tapped. Serve immediately with the filling of choice.
Nutrition for Arepa (2 per serving): Calories193, Calories from Fat 51, 26%; Fat 6g; Saturated Fat 1g; Cholesterol, 1mg; Sodium 181; Total Carbohydrate 33g; Fiber 3g; Sugar 1g; Protein 4g
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