Colombian Quinoa Arepas…NY Style!

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Last Updated on February 20, 2018 by

 
 
Palenque Arepas





Blogging Marathon #26
Theme: Kid’s Delight – Street Food

I am an arepa fan, as demonstrated by my recipes here and Pumpkin Arepas here.  However, the style of arepas I usually make are the ones made in Venezuela and Ecuador.  These thick cornmeal cakes can be split open and stuffed with cheese and other fillings, like a sandwich.

The Columbian style arepas are much thinner, closer to a pizza instead of a sandwich.  One of the food trucks in NYC, called Palenque, serves these arepas, piled high with a variety of toppings suitable for both vegetarians and carnivores.  Not to be left behind developing food trends, they have hopped onto the quinoa craze and now have a quinoa arepa base you can choose also.  Here’s my attempt at re-creating the delicious food served by Palenque.

Palenque moves around.  If you want to find out where they are going to be, take a look at their schedule here.

Let’s first make the toppings and accompaniments. Don’t be intimidated by all the components because most are super easy to make:

Frijoles Macerados (Red Bean Puree)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup small red beans, soaked overnight
3 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
1/3 cup cilantro leaves, firmly packed
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oregano, finely chopped (1 teaspoon of dried oregano can also be substituted)

In a saucepan, combine garlic, bay leaves and beans.  Add water to cover.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until very soft; about 1 1/2 hours.  Let cool for a few minutes.
Transfer to blender with all other ingredients except oregano and 1 cup of the cooking liquid.  Puree.
Transfer to a bowl and add oregano.  Mix well.

Red Bean Puree
Chipotle Mayo

1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chipotles in adobo sauce, canned

Combine ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.

Chipotle Mayo
Cilantro Salsa

Ingredients:
1 cup cilantro leaves, firmly packed
1/2 cup crema (Mexican/South American sour cream, but with a much milder taste than American sour cream and a thinner consistency – closer to yogurt).  If using American sour cream, mix it with a little heavy cream).
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine cilantro, crema and lemon juice in a food processor and mix until smooth.
While processor is running, slowly add olive oil until sauce is smooth and homogenous.
Add water, salt and pepper and mix well.

Cilantro Salsa
Hogao

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup scallions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bouillon cube, crushed
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped

Heat oil.  Add scallion and garlic and cook for 1 minute, until scallions soften. Add tomatoes, bouillon cube, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Reduce to a medium-low flame and simmer for 20 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Add cilantro and mix well.

Columbian Tomato-Scallion Condiment
Quinoa Arepas

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/4 cup masa harina (pre cooked cornflour)
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon salt
oil, for frying

Combine the quinoa, masa and salt together.  Add water and milk and mix until you have a soft dough.  Let rest for 5 minutes.
Divide into 9 equal portions.
Heat a skillet with just enough oil to coat.
Spread a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface and spray with non stick spray.  Place one ball of dough on top and cover with another piece of plastic wrap.
With the palm of your hand, keep on pressing down until the dough is pressed thin, about 1/4″ thick.
Lift off the top plastic wrap and carefull remove flattened dough with a spatula.
Transfer to heated skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges start to brown.  Flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy.

Columbian Arepa
Additional Toppings:
 

Oaxaca cheese (Mexican/South American string cheese)
Arugula

Now let’s make our Palenque style Arepas
Serves 9

Take one cooked arepa and spread with a little chipotle mayo. (Palenque uses butter and then puts the chipotle mayo on top, however I choose to skip the butter to reduce the fat content just a little).
Spread with beans.
Add a few Arugula Leaves.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Next comes a drizzle of cilantro sauce and then the hogao.  Add a little more cheese on top, if desired.

The explosion of flavors with all the different components is indescribable.  Fresh and spicy!  This flavorful arepa “pizza” with all the trimmings will cost you all of $7!

 

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Colombian Quinoa Arepas…NY Style!

Let’s first make the toppings and accompaniments. Don’t be intimidated by all the components because most are super easy to make:
Servings: 9
Calories: 3285kcal

Ingredients

Frijoles Macerados (Red Bean Puree)

  • 1 1/2 cup small red beans soaked overnight
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oregano finely chopped (1 teaspoon of dried oregano can also be substituted)

Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chipotles in adobo sauce canned
  • Cilantro Salsa
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup crema Mexican/South American sour cream, but with a much milder taste than American sour cream and a thinner consistency – closer to yogurt. If using American sour cream, mix it with a little heavy cream).
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Hogao

  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup scallions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bouillon cube crushed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped

Quinoa Arepas

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup masa harina pre cooked cornflour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oil for frying

Additional Toppings:

  • Oaxaca cheese Mexican/South American string cheese
  • Arugula

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine garlic, bay leaves and beans. Add water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until very soft; about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Let cool for a few minutes.
  • Transfer to blender with all other ingredients except oregano and 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Puree.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add oregano. Mix well.

For the chipotle mayo

  • Combine ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.

To make the cilantro salsa

  • Combine cilantro, crema and lemon juice in a food processor and mix until smooth.
  • While processor is running, slowly add olive oil until sauce is smooth and homogenous.
  • Add water, salt and pepper and mix well.

For the Hogao

  • Heat oil. Add scallion and garlic and cook for 1 minute, until scallions soften.
  • Add tomatoes, bouillon cube, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a medium-low flame and simmer for 20 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add cilantro and mix well.

To make Quinoa Arepas

  • Combine the quinoa, masa and salt together.
  • Add water and milk and mix until you have a soft dough. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Divide into 9 equal portions.
  • Heat a skillet with just enough oil to coat.
  • Spread a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface and spray with non stick spray.
  • Place one ball of dough on top and cover with another piece of plastic wrap.
  • With the palm of your hand, keep on pressing down until the dough is pressed thin, about 1/4″ thick.
  • Lift off the top plastic wrap and carefull remove flattened dough with a spatula.
  • Transfer to heated skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges start to brown.
  • Flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy.

Now let’s make our Palenque style Arepas

  • Take one cooked arepa and spread with a little chipotle mayo. (Palenque uses butter and then puts the chipotle mayo on top, however I choose to skip the butter to reduce the fat content just a little).
  • Spread with beans.
  • Add a few Arugula Leaves.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Next comes a drizzle of cilantro sauce and then the hogao.
  • Add a little more cheese on top, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 3285kcal | Carbohydrates: 169g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 282g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 113g | Monounsaturated Fat: 103g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 8766mg | Potassium: 1789mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 5539IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 728mg | Iron: 20mg
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  1. Hi dear, wonderful recipe, this is new to me. I have done salsa, but can u suggest what can I replace for the scallions.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Beautiful clicks and nicely explained.

  2. Mireille, ever since I read this post on my cell…I have been wanting to eat this!..trust me!!..tell me what can I use instead of masa harina..would want to try this over the weekend!

  3. thats such an interesting post, Mir.. learning so much about Non-Indian Street Food from u… and am thinking what veg toppings can be used.. yup, this does looks thin crust pizza or even an open sandwich…

  4. I always thought arepas are difficult to make, but they don't seem to hard even though they have quite a few components. I guess planning is key in making them.

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