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Bollitos Pelones

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Hello, arepa lovers! Today, we have a special recipe for you. This one has a bit of the Venezuelan Christmas flavour, and is translated (literally) as “bald buns”. 

It is a little ball made with arepa dough (so yes, it is gluten free!) and stuffed with a tasty stew, similar to the one used in hallacas, our traditional Christmas dish, and they’re bathed in a homemade tomato sauce. It is easy to make but has a lot of steps, so… are you inspired? Let’s go for it! 


For the stew

  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 onion, diced 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 
  • 2 tomatoes, puréed and strained 
  • 700gr ground beef
  • 6 green olives, pitted 
  • 1 tbsp capers 
  • 2 tbsp raisins 
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black ground pepper 
  • 1/4 cup white wine 
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds 

For the sauce 

  • 3 tomatoes, puréed and strained 
  • 1/2 red bell pepper 
  • 1/2 onion 
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp black ground pepper 
  • 1/2 sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the dough 

  • 2 cups P. A. N. maize flour 
  • 1 water 
  • 2 tbsp of sauce from the stew 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
Bollitos pelones


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Arepa’s Station gives you the taste of Venezuela in Cambridge. Venezuelans love corn bread and an arepa is a piece of corn bread that’s folded around a filling to make a sandwich or wrap. We fill our arepas with delicious fillings based on family recipes. The result is wonderful authentic Venezuelan food.

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