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Venezuelan

Thu Sep 1, 2016

Venezuelan Chicken Pepito

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Chicken Pepito

When planning out a Meatwave menu, the hardest thing is often figuring out what not to cook. Once I get a theme in my head, I usually spin off one recipe idea after another, and variations within those too. It's my wife who keeps me in check, making sure I'm not going overboard on the food and ambition which, if left to my own devices, can easily turn a pleasant afternoon cookout into a work-a-thon for me with contentious outcomes due to overspending and over producing.

Sometimes I just can't help myself though from sneaking in more than I settled on. This chicken pepito serves as a great example—I had decided to make a steak version of this Venezuelan sandwich already, but while grocery shopping I thought, all I need to pick up to make a different variation is a package of low cost chicken thighs, and went ahead and did it. Yes, we had too much food in the end. Yes, everyone would have been totally content with just the steak sandwich, but the chicken was so good and different, I have no regrets.

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Thu Aug 18, 2016

Arepa Guyanesa Tropical

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Guyanese Tropical Arepa

I can't say that I've evert been upset about not having a vegetarian option until the day I tried to order one of my favorite arepas from back in New York at one of the arepa joints here in Durham. The arepa in question is dubbed the "Guyanesa Tropical" by Arepas Cafe in Astoria and consists of sweet plantains, fresh avocado slices, and white cheese—a simple, yet highly effective combo. Having a hankering for one of these arepas, I went to a local Venezuelan spot and noticed that, while they didn't have this exact mix of ingredients on the menu, all could be found in other creations, so decided to try order exactly what I was craving.

I had no idea what type of confusion this would lead to with our server—"So you want an arepa without meat?"—but after a few minutes of back-and-forth, I got to something close enough by ordering a steak-stuffed areapa, minus the steak, plus plantains. I couldn't help but feel guilty when, after forcing a custom order, what came out fell pretty short of expectations, and decided that the best course of action would be for me to learn how to make a Guyanesa Tropical at home as best as possible.

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Thu Jun 23, 2016

Tostones with Grilled Skirt Steak

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Tostones with Skirt Steak

I have a running list of recipes where I can jot things down in any moment of inspiration. It's something I've maintained for many, many years, which means some of those items date back to my earliest days of grilling. One such long standing idea was to use tostones—fried green plantains—as a serving piece with steak and sauce adorning it, a nice little appetizer in my mind. I tend to build Meatwave menus from that recipe list—after forming a theme, I pick and choose from the list to assemble a grand feast. So it came to be at a recent Venezuelan inspired Meatwave that this tostones idea finally found a home, and I was sure glad it did.

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Thu Jun 2, 2016

Reina Pepiada Arepas

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Reina Pepiada Arepas

Ever order one of your favorite things while not at your normal restaurant and just can't shake that, while it may be good, it's not exactly what you want? That's what happened with me after moving to Durham with reina pepiada arepas—Venezuelan corn cakes stuffed with an avocado chicken salad. I was pleasantly surprised I could even get reina arepas here in multiple locations, but none are what I'm used to getting at my old haunt in New York, Arepas Cafe. So I had to take matters into my own hand and learned how to make them myself, and the results were incredibly close to ideal.

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Thu May 12, 2016

Venezuelan Steak Pepito

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Steak Pepito

A lack of ability to get my totally ideal arepa here in Durham led me to throw a Venezuelan Meatwave a few weeks ago. While areapas were the inspiration for that event, I felt like having arepas alone would not offer my guests the diversity they're accustomed to at my meat-filled feasts. So that got me into researching what other Venezuelan staples could be taken to the grill, and I was instantly taken by pepitos. These are sandwiches that seem to be pretty ubiquitous in Venezuela, but have no real hard and fast rule for fillings and toppings. This latitude made me feel comfortable making my own interpretation of this sandwich, and what came out of that was this delicious Venezuelan steak pepito.

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