Fried Masa Cakes with Cheese (Arepas de Queso)

45 mins (prep 45)
8 ingredients
makes 12 arepas
In her cookbook Fiesta!, Anya von Bremzen included a recipe by the Jackson Heights (Queens, New York) "arepa lady," known simply as Piedad. Though arepas are a common South American breakfast item (as well as a lunch and dinner starch), what makes hers so special is the luxurious inclusion of butter in the dough and the use of milk instead of water. We've adapted the recipe slightly.

Categories:  central~south-american , picnic ,
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Serving Size (64.04 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 223.21 Calories from Fat 60.21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.69g 123.59%
Saturated Fat 1.88g 112.73%
Trans Fat 0.06g %
Cholesterol 17.25mg 69.0%
Sodium 458.41mg 229.21%
Total Carbohydrate 28.94g 115.78%
Dietary Fiber 1.61 g 77.04%
Sugars 18.21 g %
Protein 12.82g 307.63%
Vitamin A 332.37IU% Vitamin C 1.44mg%
Calcium 421.5mg% Iron 0.7mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients: