Recipe: Ham and Pineapple-Jicama Slaw Arepas By Ingrid Hoffmann

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"Recipe: Ham and Pineapple-Jicama Slaw Arepas By Ingrid Hoffmann"
Ham and Pineapple-Jicama Slaw Arepas
Created by chef Ingrid Hoffmann
Makes 6 arepas
1 cup jicama (about 1 small)
½  cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup red onion, diced
¼ cup fresh pineapple, small dice
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 cups pre-cooked white corn meal (such as Harina P.A.N. or Masarepa)
2 ½ cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons corn oil
6 slices, Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Boneless Ham (sliced)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1. Peel jicama using a vegetable peeler; discard peel. Grate using the largest holes on a box grater.

2. In a medium bowl, combine grated jicama with cilantro, bell peppers, onion, pineapple and garlic; stir in mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with lime juice and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

1. In a large bowl, combine corn meal, water and salt.  Mix with hands until dough is smooth, malleable and unsticks from hands. With moist hands, form 6, 2-inch balls. Press each ball down between the palms of your hands to form 6 patties approximately 1/2-inch thick and 4 ½ -inches in diameter.

2. Heat oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches of two, cook arepas until golden brown; about 6 minutes per side. Place in a paper towel-lined plate until cool enough to handle.

3. Slice ham slices in 1-inch strips.   Return pan used to cook arepas with to medium heat and sauté ham slices for 2 minutes, turning them rapidly to evenly cook both sides.

4.To serve: With a serrated knife, slice each arepa, forming a pita-like pocket. Fill with 5-6 ham strips, 2 tablespoons cheese and ½ cup pineapple-jicama slaw. Serve immediately.

Take a nice good look at them!
About Ingrid Hoffmann:
Ingrid is passionate about food and entertaining and spends each day sharing her enthusiasm and talent with an international audience. She is the author of SIMPLY DELICIOSO: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with Recetas Favoritas con Sabor Latino and LATIN D’LITE : Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist. As well as host of “Simply Delicioso” (Cooking Channel) and “Delicioso” (Univision).