I’ve been on a little Arepa kick lately – I made these Shredded Chicken (Pollo Mechado) Arepas which were fabulous, then went on and revisited the other Arepas on my site, my Chicken Avocado Arepas. So of course, I needed to revise my post on how to make the actual Arepas, which are the little “buns”.
How many of you guys have had Arepa? They’re little “buns” as best as I can describe them that originated in pre Columbian times in South America, but that doesn’t give much indication of what they taste like! They’re made out of a type of fine cornmeal, and they’re kind of like a Gordita and they’re warm and fragrant and can be filled with all kinds of things, stuffed with pretty much whatever your heart desires! Here’s my Classic Arepas, and check out this link for a list of classic fillings but fair warning; you’ll need to use your translator unless you read Spanish.
First a disclaimer! I have no idea how Peruvian this soup actually is! But I do know Peruvian Quinoa Soup is a beautiful soup this time of year (late spring) and perfect for any cold, rainy days. Of course, you can have it any time of the year; that could never be wrong. It’s comforting and full of good stuff and hearty without feeling heavy. And best of all, it’s made with mostly pantry ingredients.
Sometimes I wish I were a sample person at Costco, except I’d sneak out samples of this Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce instead of whatever was supposed to be coming out of my little oven. It’s just that I wish everyone could at least have a taste of it! But then, if you make this, you can!
I have kind of a thing for Ropa Vieja and if you’re here, maybe you do, too. I already have a recipe on my site for a long-simmered, Slow Cooker Classic Cuban Ropa Vieja, long a family fave, but these days, I’m all about the Instant Pot…and so I wondered if an Instant Pot Ropa Vieja would be just as good. Verdict: Yup, yup, yup! It’s fabulous.