Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

 If you've been to Tucano's or any other Brazilian eatery (or are lucky enough to be Brazilian and eat these all the time), then you may be familiar with these deeeelicious cheesy bread bites. Rory and I always fought over the last one in the bread basket at Tucano's when we went while poor college students. Usually for an anniversary, and always for lunch. (cheaper) but enough about us, how about these lovely yummy little nuggets? They're so easy to make and ooey gooey full of cheese! I paired them with Mexican Mac and Cheese (so it was a heavy cheese meal, lol) but they'd be great with anything really!

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)
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1/2 cup olive oil or butter
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk or soy milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups tapioca flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 beaten eggs
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Pour olive oil, water, milk, and salt into a large saucepan, and place over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour and garlic until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Stir the cheese and egg into the tapioca mixture until well combined, the mixture will be chunky like cottage cheese. Drop rounded, 1/4 cup-sized balls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet. (my batter was a bit runny so I poured it into a mini muffin tin-it worked great!)
4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

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