*I went with ratio since it depends on how much you want to make.
1 part to 1 part instant masa to water *This may vary on how dry or wet you want the masa.
1 sugar to 4 parts masa *to make it a little sweet.
Corn (optional but it would be a great add if you have it, I wish I did)
Mix the flour and sugar together. *Corn if you have it.
Slowly add the water. I would add it in parts so you are able to judge if it needs more or less.
Create little pancakes
Grill it on a non-stick skillet on a medium heat. You could put a little butter but it is not really necessary.
Once it starts to dry up a little, flip them over.
Once cooked, let it cool a little.
Make a small incision in the middle of the cake and insert the cheese so the heat from the arepas melts the cheese.
Top how ever you would like.
Pairs Well With
I'm love all Latin dishes. Especially Mexican food so when I went to Florida last March I was excited to have more Cuban food but what surprised me was Venezuelan food. It was our last day in Orlando and we just make a quick stop at this strip mall and I found this wonderful restaurant. One of the dishes they had was arepas (this has been a while so I'm not positive it was called arepas, please feel free to correct me if I'm incorrect :D). It was a sweet masa pancake filled with a lovely melted cheese. Who could go wrong with cheese? I have been craving that since we came back. Than I remembered seeing my cousin making homemade quesadilla. It was interesting watching it since he used masa and not the already made corn or flour tortilla. It motivated me to try to make this. So I got instant masa flour and went to work.