If your experience with ballpark foods has not been memorable, chances are you haven't been to T-Mobile Park in some time.
From tacos to poke and all the smoked meat in between, it's a veritable feast.
T-Mobile Park's Executive Chef Javier Rosa is the man responsible for all the deliciousness, and joined us to share a recipe for just one of his delectable dishes, arepas!
By Chef Javier Rosa
- 2 cups precooked white corn meal
- 2 1/2 cups water, room temperature
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil, for the griddle or non-stick pan
- Preheat oven to 410° F.
- Pour the water into a large bowl. Make sure it is room temperature.
- Add the salt. Blend well with a mixer, fork, or spatula to make sure it dissolves well.
- While you continue to beat the mixture, slowly add the corn meal — a little bit at a time.
- Once all the flour is added, keep mixing until the corn meal, water, and salt are thoroughly blended and dissolved.
- Set aside the masa in its bowl. Let it rest for 5 minutes so that the flour is thoroughly hydrated. This type of corn flour does not have any gluten, so it doesn’t need to be kneaded. The masa should be smooth, firm yet malleable.
- While waiting for the 5 minutes’ rest, heat your grill or nonstick pan over medium heat. Coat with a little bit of the oil.
- Fill a small bowl with water to wet your hands to make the arepas.
- Take about 2 tbsp of the masa in your damp hands. The masa should fit easily in your palm so that it is easy to shape into a small ball.
- Cross your hands, so that one is on top of the other, with the masa ball between them. Rotate your right hand in a circle, so that you are at the same time both pressing the masa into a flat disc and keeping its round shape.
- The last step in shaping your arepa is to quickly pass and lightly press the masa disc from one hand to the other until it is about ¾ of an inch thick and 4 inches wide. Smooth the edges with your fingertips (quickly dip them into the water bowl first) so that they stay as round as possible and without cracks.
- Place your arepas in batches on the preheated surface of your griddle or nonstick pan. Let each side turn golden, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Check them often so that they don’t burn.
- Once they are nicely browned on both sides, place the arepas on a baking sheet in your preheated oven for 10 minutes. They should be somewhat puffy, so that if you tap an arepa lightly on top, it will sound like you are tapping an empty box.
- Serve arepas hot, whether you stuff with them with your choice of fillings or serve solo to accompany your favorite dish.