Another of my beloved Venezuela’s breakfasts apart from the ham pieces and the empanadas is our Arepa! Fried or roasted .. -A fried arepa kills me- filled with whatever you want: Cheese, cream, beans, chicken, meat, leg, whether sweet or salty, it is a delicious snack to start the morning .. but my favorite (my favorite favorite) is Queen Pepiada !! and here I give you step by step how to do it. The most curious thing? his story, which I leave at the end of the post. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PEPIADA QUEEN
- 1 Chicken
- 1 onion
- 1 Garlic joint (leek)
- 1 clove of garlic 1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup of corn oil
- 2 ripe avocados
- Salt and pepper
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Preparation of Queen Pepiada:
First we remove all the skin from the chicken, and boil it with salt, the onion and the garlic joint until it is soft. Once ready, we take it out and crumble it and place it in a bowl with a little bit of the remaining broth.
Blend the garlic, oil and avocados together with salt and pepper to taste until we have a puree. If you can’t handle the two avocados, blend just one and mash the other with a fork.
Then we add the 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (it should be like a paste, consistent, not watery) and then we add this mixture to the shredded chicken and mix. We correct salt and voila!
The arepas (for those who are not Venezuelans) are prepared with flour, pan, water and salt, we mix, shape it and we can make them roasted or fried.
Venezuelan History of the curious name of La Reina Pepiada: Its creator is Heriberto Álvarez, over 80 years old, from Las Araujas in the state of Trujillo. The origin of the name “Reina Repiada” dates back to 1955, in which the Venezuelan Susana Dujim won the Miss World. Mr. Alvarez and his family had a food business in Caracas around Plaza Venezuela, and in honor of Susana’s achievement they dressed a girl as a queen. This attracted the attention of Susana Dujim’s father who happened to pass in front of the business and, curious, asked what the girl was doing there. When he found out, he said that he was Susana’s father and that he would take his daughter to eat at the Álvarez business. When she was presented with the toasted arepa with the chicken and avocado filling in honor of her, they called her “the queen” and as the curvy women of that time were called “pepiadas”, she became the surname of the now famous arepa. Here you can see other denominations and varieties of the Arepa in other countries: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arepa