So… arepas are my newest obsession. Arepas are a daily bread in Venezuela made from pre cooked cornmeal and they’re usually stuffed after being cooked (not this time). There’s a place that makes them where we live (hey, Guasaca!) and I could eat them for months straight and not get tired of it. But food cost money, and I’m cheap. I played around with some different ideas and there are plenty of good arepa recipes out there, so I wanted to do something different.
This is where the breakfast arepa idea was born. The masarepa dough is almost grit like, but crispy on the outside, the spicy sausage, melty cheese, yum. It’s the most epic breakfast sandwich and is a nice switch up from pancakes or oatmeal. Feel free to get creative with the stuffing or eat these for lunch or even a snack!
Note — All of my recipes are soy free and vegan. You could easily swap out vegan ingredients for the non vegan version (example: milk for almond milk, egg for egg replacer, regular cheese, etc.). These recipes are great for vegans and non vegans! I also make meals in bulk to last longer but feel free to half or even quarter the recipes for less food / no leftovers.
For the dough
2 cups masarepa (found at international section of most grocery stores, like Walmart)
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup shredded hash browns (frozen work too)
1 teaspoon onion powder, garlic powder
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the filling
1 cup or 4 slices of vegan cheese
optional ¼ cup sliced onions (sautéed or raw)
Butter, oil, pan spray, or a really good non stick pan for cooking
Mix all of the dough ingredients together in a medium bowl with a fork, set aside for at least 10 minutes. (For the hashbrowns they can be frozen or cooked, I’ve tried both and it doesn’t make much of a difference).
Sautée the sausage really quick on medium just to get a crispy edge on each side. If you like onions cooked, you can throw them on with the sausage.
Grab a handful of the dough (about ¼ cup) and pay into a thick circle. Put a half or quarter piece of cheese in the center, then the sausage, followed by onions, and then another square of cheese. Top with another handful of dough, patted into a disc. Form into a ball, it doesn’t have to be perfect. (See video for reference).
Brush the outside with melted butter, oil, or spray with pan spray, place in a heated pan or panini press. Cook until crispy and brown on each side. It might take 4-5 per side in the frying pan.
Let cool and top with ketchup, hot sauce, avocado, any of your favorite breakfast condiments.
Total cost is $5.69
(6 servings, $0.94 each)
2 cups masarepa $0.78
½ cup shredded hash browns $0.12
4 vegan breakfast sausage $3.29
1 cup vegan cheese $1.50