Brunch: Arepas and French Press Coffee
Slow Saturday mornings are my absolute favorite. Last weekend I spent the morning at the Farmer's Market scooping up flowers and seasonal veggies before coming home to cook one of my favorite recipes from Oh Dear Drea's cookbook; Arepas and tangy avocado corn salsa! Arepa is made of ground maize dough and is a common dish to both Colombia and Venezuela. This particular recipe was vegan because Drea's cookbook is vegan, but occasionally I adjust the recipes to be vegetarian like with this recipe.
Of course, no brunch is complete without coffee so I also made a french press with some dark roast Guatemalan coffee from Atlas Coffee Club, which is seriously some of the best coffee I've EVER had. I've talked about them a bit before, but they offer subscription-based delivery of single-origin coffee from around the world. Such an awesome concept for coffee novices and snobs alike. They recently started some fun tutorials like their French Press Guide, too. So fun! But back to brunch - here's the brunch recipe if you're looking to try something new!
Arepas w/ Hearty Avocado Corn Salsa
Hearty Corn & Avocado Salsa:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon minced chives
- 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh corn
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup white corn flower
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
- olive oil
To make the salsa, first cook the corn for a few minutes until it's lightly charred. Then toss the corn in with the rest of the salsa ingredients, gently mixing in the garlic and red wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Next, the arepas: Combine 1 cup of corn flour with 1 1/2 cups of water and mix until you get a doughy consistency. Add the shredded cheese to the dough until it's well blended. Ball up small palm-sized cakes before placing them apart on a hot, oiled skillet. Fry them about 3 minutes on each side until they're slightly crispy.
Once the arepas are done, simply add the hearty salsa on top and enjoy! You can grab the full version of this recipe and other seriously tasty recipes in The Plantiful Table -- and you should; it's seriously one of my most used cookbooks!
Have you made Arepas before? Do you have any unique brunch recipes you love to cook?