Cornmeal Fritters (Arepitas de Maíz)
These crunchy, semi-sweet cornmeal fritters are great for an afternoon snack, as a side dish or served as hors d'oeuvres.
Servings: 10 fritters
- 1 cup cornmeal
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon anise seed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 1 ½ cup frying oil
In a medium bowl combine corn flour, egg and butter using a spoon. Add salt to warm water and mix in with corn flour. Put in the anise seed and finally add the sugar. Make sure the mix is well combined.
Add oil to a small frying pan and place on the stove at medium heat. When the oil is hot put tablespoons of the mixture into the oil. Fry each side for about 2-3 minutes or until they turn to a golden color.
- Mix the ingredients well. Everything should be thoroughly combined, with no dry flour left, for an even texture.
- Place the arepitas de maiz batter into hot oil. Check that the oil is hot enough by dropping a small amount of batter in. If it bubbles in the oil, then you are ready to cook.
- Make them vegan by swapping the butter for a plant based variety.
Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg