Friday, June 19, 2009

Arepas Pabellon

I am guilty. I am a newbie to posting and haven't been doing so. The reason being that hubby is a meat & potato type. And he loves his steaks, pork chops & chicken- nothing special. I did however turn him on to these wonderful Venezuelan sandwiches. He gave them rave reviews. I had seen them for the very first time on Throwdown with Bobby Flay back in 2008 and have been dying to try them ever since. You can view the video here at However I got the actual recipe for the one that Bobby's opponents, owners of the Caracas Arepa Bar in NYC, from a Blogger: VenezuelanFoodandDrinks for the Arepas (cornmeal cakes) and for the meat.
The sandwich is called Arepas de Pabellon for the addition of fried plantains and black beans. As the national dish is Pabellon Criollo; shredded beef, fried plantains & black beans and rice all served individually as a plate. It takes a bit of time to make as you need to boil the flank steak for approximately 3 hours until tender. Then let cool and shred. In frying pan saute garlic, onions and peppers,with a pinch of cumin. Add shredded beef and allow to brown a bit. Then add a little of the cooking liquid from the beef, the tomato paste and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Next make the arepas, fry up the plantains and heat black beans. Next build sandwiches in this order: fried plantains on bottom, shredded beef next, then some of the black beans and top off with the cheese. Enjoy! Well, I finally got it out of my system and made these for dinner on Monday night, (I know a little late with the post) this one will go in my keepers file as we thoroughly enjoyed these.

Well back to the grill, as has been the case for most of the last two weeks. Other than some Snow Crab legs and all too simple Shrimp Fettuccine and more plain old steaks,lol. Yes, I do love my steaks as well.
Hope everyone enjoys the great grilling weather this week-end. And Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.


  1. I'm crazy for Bobby Flay and I love black beans in anything, so I know I'd like this.

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen and I really appreciate that you'll be following along. Welcome to my North Carolina neighbor. You guys sound like a lot of fun. My husband and I cook together sometimes. In fact he taught me how to cook when I couldn't boil water, but that was a looong time ago.

  2. Carla and Michael, This looks like a fabulous dish. I will definitely give it a try. Welcome to the blogging world.You will never regret it. It is amazing how supportive bloggers are to each other. I will be following you.

  3. I have to make arepas soon - they would be perfect for us. But I've never eaten one so I'll be flying blind.

  4. Wecome to blogging- you will enjoy it and we will love reading your posts!This is a wonderful, delicious looking meal- thanks for posting it!
    My husband and sons are the meat and potato types too.

  5. Thanks for the links to my blog recipes. It all helps! As they say in Venezuela "buen provecho" - enjoy your meal!


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