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Monday, November 14, 2011

Arepas with Peppers and Eggs: Secret Recipe Club

This is my fifth post for Secret Recipe Club and a very delicious one!!  If you haven't heard about Secret Recipe Club before, then you should definitely check out the website.  Every month a bunch of bloggers get assigned another participating blog to make a recipe from.  This month I had Debbi's blog -- Debbi Does Dinner ... Healthy and Low Calorie.  I had a great time looking through her blog and picking out a recipe to try.  It was hard to narrow it down -- I strongly considered the onion rings, bacon chocolate chip cookies and black bean and corn quinoa.  I finally settled on the arepas with peppers and eggs.  

If you know me, you know how crazy this sounds -- but I actually left bacon out of a recipe.  I love bacon, it makes everything better.  I fully intended to include bacon in the recipe but we forgot to pull it out of the freezer that morning, so it was still frozen solid at dinner time.  Oh well, this recipe was just as great without it.  We topped with pickled red onions we had leftover from a previous recipe, the roasted poblanos and it was a great way to have breakfast for dinner - yum! 

Arepas with Peppers and Eggs 

2 large poblano chile peppers
1 cup finely ground cornmeal
1 can corn, 15 ounces, drained
1/2 cup shredded colby cheese
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter
vegetable oil
8 eggs, beaten
pickled red onions

  • Heat broiler to high, put the poblanos under the broiler.  Place under broiler, turning until blackened on all sides.  Place in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let chiles steam in the bowl for 10 minutes.  Peel, seed and chop.
  • While chiles are steaming, place cornmeal and corn in a bowl and season with salt.  Add cheese and toss until corn and cheese are coated with cornmeal and distributed evenly.  Warm milk in the microwave, but do not boil.  I usually do 2-3 minutes at half power.  Add the butter to the warm milk to melt it.  Stir the milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture.  Let soak for 10 minutes.  
  • Heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add spoonfuls of the cornmeal batter to the hot oil, cooking for 3-4 minutes on the first side and 1-2 minutes on the second side.  Transfer the first batch to a plate when cooked then continue cooking the rest of the batter until all arepas are made.  
  • While finishing the last batch of arepas, beat the eggs, seasoning with salt and pepper.  In a medium skillet, cook eggs, scrambled to desired doneness.  
  • To serve, put several arepas on a plate, top with eggs, roasted poblanos and pickled onions, if desired.  


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I'm so glad you liked these! Bacon would have made it a notch better but I'm sure they were still great. I've made these several times since, thanks!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Oooh, I would LOVE these! In fact, I wish I had some right now!

Anonymous said...

OMG I LOVEEEEE (!!!!!) arepas!!!! I tried them at Whole Foods many months ago and I've been hooked ever since. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Jenny @ Savour the Senses said...

Great SRC post, happy to be a part of the club with you!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

I had your blog for this month's SRC! I adapted your roasted almonds. Thanks for the inspiration and your eggs look great!

Miz Helen said...

Your Arepas with Peppers and Eggs looks so delicious. This is a great pick for the SRC! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
Miz Helen

Allison said...

I love arepas and have wanted to tackle them for a long time. Very impressive!

Lisa~~ said...

I have never made arepas but have had recipes in my need to make folder for ages. Great SRC choice.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

Cook Lisa Cook

Jeanette said...

I've never tried making arepas, but they don't sound too difficult - I love breakfast for dinner.

Erin @ WholesomeRD said...

I LOVE poblano peppers! Definitely have to try this dish!!

Ellie Delancey said...

Awesome recipe. Looks amazing!

Trisha said...

This would make a lovely change to the dinner routine. Specially when you need something real quick. Love it.

Daniel Saraga said...

you already had chili and cheese. adding the bacon would've made my head explode with flavour, I think!

Amy said...

It looks beautiful!

If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd check out my SRC recipe for Crockpot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Corina said...

This sounds like a great brunch recipe. Definitely something I'll be wanting to try at the weekends.

Julie said...

What a great recipe! I've bookmarked it to try!! SRC is such a fun way to meet new bloggers.

BigFatBaker said...

Omg yum!! This sounds so amazing. I am bookmarking for later! Great SRC pick :)

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

I had so much fun going through "Debbi does dinner healthy", last month. Will have to give your Arepas a try!

Lynne said...

I could eat your arepas every morning for breakfast! I'm sure the bacon would have been delicious, too, but with all the flavors going on in the dish, it wouldn't be missed.

Kristen said...

Those look delicious. Debbie has some great dishes on her site!