people!- i totally wrote the BEST post ever about yesterdays dinner and i accidentally deleted it. i am so bummed right now! ugh. it was something about how arepas are the new tacos, and how i was trying to replicate a pull pork and avocado torta that the hubby used to eat as a child, and then WHOOPS, deletesville, population 1. excuse my lack of wit as i try to re-type the recipe without going bonkers. the arepa dough is the same basic recipe as viva vegan’s, and pretty much the same recipe on the bag of masarepa that i bought- i think all you need to shoot for is a texture similar to “heavy mashed potatoes”. now if only i had another stuffed arepa to shove in my mouth to take away the agony of my first ‘lost’ post!
BBQ Jackfruit Stuffed Arepas
you will need
2 cups masarepa- i use harinaPAN
2 c warm water
1/2 tsp salt
2- 20oz cans young green jackfruit in brine- rinsed, gently squeezed, and rinsed again
1/2-3/4 c vegetable stock
1 c of your favorite barbecue sauce
hot sauce, avocados, veganaise, and limes for assembling.
first, make your jackfruit! start by heating a few tablespoons of oil in a large cast iron skillet. add the jackfruit and brown on all sides. now, add in the vegetable stock and simmer while mashing with a potato masher or a fork until it shreds and begins to resemble pulled pork. pour in enough barbecue sauce to coat and simmer until completely absorbed and set aside.
now for the arepas! preheat the oven to 35o and start heating a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. place the masarepa flour and the salt in a large bowl. pour in the water and mix either by hand or with an electric mixer until a slightly sticky, heavy dough forms. if needed, add extra flour or water to achieve the proper consistency. divide the though into six balls, and flatten each one into a ‘biscuit’. lightly oil your skillet before placing the arepas in it, and cook them until browned on both sides, turning once. when finished, pop them in the oven and bake for roughly 10 minutes per side- you’ll know they’re done when they sound hollow when tapped. you can also take this time to put the jackfruit shreds on a second baking sheet and put them in the oven too to help firm up the texture by drying out extra moisture.
when the arepas are barely cool enough to handle, split them open 3/4 of the way through and give them a little smear of veganaise before stuffing with avocado slices and jackfruit. sprinkle with lime, salt, and hot sauce before devouring.