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Arepas con Queso

Submitted by: Joseph Wu

Latest update: March 21, 2005

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The original recipe calls for yellow cornmeal, but white cornmeal appears to work fine. (It was all I had.) Since the type of cheese was not specified, I chose to use aged white cheddar.

If you find that the patties don't hold together too well before cooking, work the dough a bit more with your hands so that the cheese melts slightly. Alternately, try adding an egg to the mixture. 

Hominy Cheese Patties (Colombia)

Adapted from Extending the Table.

Makes 12.

Grind 1½ cups canned posole (hominy) with ¼ cup liquid from the can until smooth in a food processor. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Add ¾ cup cornmeal, 1 cup grated cheese, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, and ¼ tsp. salt. Mix well.

Form into 12 small patties (about 2-3 inches across). Fry in non-stick pan, turning once after first side browns.