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Cachapas are a traditional Venezuelan dish made from corn. Like arepas, Cachapas are popular at roadside stands. They can be made like pancakes of fresh corn dough, or wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled (cachapa de hoja).

Left: Cachapa with white shredded cheese prepared with freshly ground corn ( Venezuela).

The most common varieties are made with fresh corn that is ground and then mixed into a thick batter and cooked like pancakes; the cachapa is slightly thicker and lumpier because of the pieces from corn kernels.

Cachapas are eaten with "Queso de mano" (Hand Cheese), a soft, mozzarella-like cheese, and also with fried pork chicharrón on the side. Cachapas can be very elaborate, some including different kinds of cheese, milky cream, or jam. They can be prepared as an appetizer or a full breakfast, depending on the size.

In Costa Rica, cachapas are sweeter and known as Chorreadas.

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