Vegan Arepas Sandwich Recipe

Vegan Arepas Sandwich Recipe

Take your taste buds on a trip to South America with this vegan Arepas sandwich recipe! It’s perfect for both breakfast and lunch and is completely meat and dairy-free but every bit as tasty as the classic dish.

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Arepas sandwiches are a popular dish in both Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine where they are typically enjoyed for breakfast.

They consist of two fluffy patties made from cornflour which can be eaten alone or used as buns and filled with vegetables, meat, and cheese.

In this vegan Arepas sandwich recipe, the meat is replaced with mushrooms and fried plantains. Finally, they’re finished off with vegan cheese, tomato, and avocado to add both fresh and salty flavours to the mix.

They’re filling, flavoursome and great if you’re looking for something new to try this lunchtime.

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6

Rating:  

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

(Servings: 6)

  • For the Arepas:
  • 60 60 ml warm/hot water
  • 43.333333333333 43.333333333333 g cornflour
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 tsp salt
  • For the filling:
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 red onion, chopped
  • 0.33333333333333 0.33333333333333 garlic cloves, diced
  • 66.666666666667 66.666666666667 g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 tsp paprika
  • 0.083333333333333 0.083333333333333 tsp salt
  • 0.083333333333333 0.083333333333333 tsp black pepper
  • 0.33333333333333 0.33333333333333 ripe plantains, sliced
  • 0.33333333333333 0.33333333333333 tomatoes, chopped
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 tomato, sliced
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 33.333333333333 33.333333333333 g vegan cheddar

Method

  1. Pour the hot water into a large bowl, add 1 teaspoon of salt and gently stir until the salt dissolves, then gradually add the cornflour in while stirring it with a spoon. When the cornflour thickens and the dough starts to look like the consistency of mashed potatoes, then leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan and add the red onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until golden, then add the finely chopped chestnut mushroom with the paprika, salt and black pepper and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add in the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Take a handful of the arepas dough and shape into a 2.5cm thick patty (burger bun shape). Repeat until you’ve used all the dough.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan and cook each side of the patties on a medium heat until golden – it will take around 20 minutes. Once cooked, place them on a cooling rack.
  5. In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil along with your sliced plantains and fry each side for 4–5 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Slice the arepas horizontally, creating a pocket. Start filling them with the sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, sliced plantains, and a spoonful of the mushroom mix, then finish them with a generous amount of vegan cheddar and tuck in!

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Recipe shared with permission from Vegan Family Cookbook by Omari McQueen, published by Scholastic. 

Written by

Omari McQueen

Omari McQueen

Thirteen-year-old Omari is the youngest award-winning vegan chef in the UK is the presenter of CBBC series What’s Cooking Omari? He is also the founder of vegan snack food company, Dipalicious. He lives with his family in London, runs his own cookery YouTube channel and is passionate about helping other children embrace plant-based diets. His first book, Omari McQueen’s Best Bites, was published by Scholastic in January 2021.

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