The Mercadona novelty that flies off its shelves (and three recipes to take advantage of it)


If anything is popular on Mercadona’s shelves, it’s its yellow signs with the word ‘Novelty‘ crowning them. The novelties of the famous supermarket are so coveted that there are even customers who walk the aisles looking to buy the new products. For the most part, these products tend to go so viral that there is no one who goes to one of their stores without knowing the news. It is especially after the summer months that the shelves are filled with these novelties.

Now one of its star products are its new frozen arepas. This novelty, although not listed under the supermarket’s own brand (Hacendado), remains one of the most coveted products when it comes to filling the basket. The Venezuelan brand BREADknown for being a pioneer in its sector, will supply this product made from pre-cooked white corn flour.



Its method of preparation includes several recipes, but the arepas are known to be able to accompany them with any filling, as well as to use them as a garnish, as a tapa or to be able to add the favorite filling of each consumer. Your advantage? will be ready in only 9 minutesand can be made in an oven, air fryer or conventional fryer.

The package, which consists of six units of this delicious snack, is gluten-free and, in turn, suitable for vegans.

This innovative product is a good option for gatherings with friends and family, Christmas dinners or any occasion required. For it, some of the most delicious recipes and easy are the arepas stuffed with cheese and pulled meat, traditionally known for ‘Hair’. To prepare them you will only need coriander (5g), white onion (60g), red tomato (75g), seasoning for marinade or your choice (50g), grated cheese (200g), and strips of meat of your choice (300g).

Its preparation is very simple. First, the meat will be prepared in strips and, when finished, we will place it in a saucepan with the chopped onion, seasoning and coriander with a little water, leaving it over medium heat for 15 minutes, until cooked through. Once the meat is ready, the arepa will be opened and filled with meat and grated cheese, then closed again, ready to be eaten.

Another of the most popular recipes among Venezuelans are the chicken, mayonnaise and avocado arepas, known as ‘pepiada queen’. This popular recipe will be made with 45 grams of chopped onion, 20 grams of cilantro, 10 grams of salt, 300 grams of chicken strips, 25 grams of garlic powder, mayonnaise and well chopped avocado.

Its preparation is very simple. First, prepare the chicken by placing it in a saucepan over medium heat with the finely chopped onion, garlic and cilantro, making sure to mix everything well so that the ingredients acquire the aroma and flavor.

After about 10 minutes we will remove the pan from the heat and let it cool. Once cold, we will open the arepa and fill it with the mixture, the chopped avocado and the mayonnaise of your choice.

In addition to this, arepas are also used as a resource for breakfast, snacks, and even desserts. One of the most popular recipes among foodies is arepas filled with chocolate. Its preparation is perhaps the simplest of all. All you need is melted chocolate, either as ready-made cream or melted by yourself, favorite toppings for decorating (like coconut powder, vanilla or chocolate chips) and, of course, the arepa to fill.

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