HEAT oven to 300°F. Combine flour, mozzarella cheese, sugar and salt in large bowl. Microwave milk and shortening in medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until mixture just begins to boil. Stir into flour mixture until blended. Knead on lightly floured surface until dough is smooth, about 2 minutes. Shape dough into 10 (2 1/2-inch) patties.
HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook arepas in batches, 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until crispy and golden brown. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Split in half horizontally. Fill with black beans and queso fresco.
* Arepa flour is a precooked corn flour. It should not be confused with masa harina. Arepa flour is sold as masarepa, harina precocida or masa al instante. It can be found in Latin American groceries.
Serving Size (1/10 of recipe), Calories 260 (Calories from Fat 120), Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 4.5g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 420mg, Total Carbohydrate 24g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 3g), Protein 11g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 25%, Iron 10%.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Butter Flavor, Crisco Results
For those who love the taste of butter, but demand the performance of shortening.