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Spicy Fried Arepas



Place water in a medium pot over moderate heat, add meat, seasonings and hot pepper, stirring to distribute seasonings.
Allow to cook for 10 mins then add soy sauce, black pepper , sugar and salt if needed.
Add more water if necessary for meat to cook thoroughly.
Cook until water is absorbed completely.
Set aside to cool until dough is ready.
In a medium bowl, sift and combine corm meal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add sugar followed by the margarine and shortening.
Using a fork or pastry blender combine the fat in to the flour mixture until it looks like bread crumbs.
Add water half cups at a time and knead into a soft dough.
(water amount may vary for different types of cornmeal).
Divide dough into balls about the size of an egg.
On a non-stick surface or on a greased plastic bag, press out a ball into a round disc about 1/8 inch thick.
(a tortilla press is ideal for making the discs).
On one half, fill with one tablespoon of filling, wet the edges of the other side and fold over and seal off by pressing edges together.
Set aside until ready to fry.
Heat 2 cups veg oil and fry Arepas until golden brown, turning after the first 4 mins or so.
Remove the Arepas and drain on brown paper bag sheets or bounty towels.
Remove thearepas from the first set of paper and wrap in a second set of paper towels, keep covered in a container if not using immediately.
Note: the uncooked Arepas can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and fried immediately when needed without thawing.