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Brooklyn eatery brings Venezuela to Bushwick

November 16, 2012 2:42:20 PM PST
Leonardo Molina and his wife wanted to bring their native Venezuelan cuisine to the city, so they opened Arepera Guacuco in Brooklyn.

Guacuco is the name of a beach, and the restaurant certainly has a laid-back beach feel. Molina and his wife live in Ridgewood Queens but are serving up handmade arepas and other classic Venezuelan dishes, like made-to-order empanadas and coconut milk shakes, in neighboring Bushwick.

Check out the restaurant online at www.areperaguacuco.com.

Basic recipe for making arepas

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups of water
1 Tbsp. salt
2 cups of white P.A.N. corn meal

Steps

1. Pour 2 1/2 cups of water in a large bowl.

2. Add a tablespoon of salt.

3. Slowly pour in 2 cups of white P.A.N. corn meal.

4. Knead until the dough is smooth and uniform.

5. Use hands to shape 15 round arepas, first forming a ball and then patting it until it's about a half inch thick.

6. Heat a small amount of oil on a griddle or large frying pan at medium heat.

7. Place arepas on griddle and let cook for 5 minutes on each side until browned.

8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and then place the browned arepas inside.

9. Cook in over for 5-10 minutes, until exterior is rigid and crunchy.

Extract the arepas from the oven, and they are ready to be sliced open and stuffed with the ingredients of your choice!

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