By Debra Liu
The World Cup is here and if you can’t make it to Brazil to enjoy the games, bring a little Brazilian food to your table with my favorite cheese bread in the world: pao de queijo, a gluten-free cheese bread that is a popular breakfast and snack item in Brazil – and best of all, it’s really quick and easy to whip up.
I had my first taste of these amazing little balls of cheesy chewiness at Calle Ocho and I must have eaten at least 10 (more like 15) in one sitting. Clearly, they’re incredibly addictive. Be careful.
Here’s a recipe:
- 1 cup milk (either whole milk or 2%)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups tapioca flour*
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups shredded cups of Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano Cheese blend (you can pretty much use any cheese. In Brazil, Minas cheese is typically used.)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- Combine milk, oil and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk and bring to gentle boil. Remove from heat when it starts bubbling.
- Add the tapioca flour and mix until incorporated and smooth.
- Mix the eggs into the mixture.
- Add the cheese into the mixture and mix until well incorporated. The dough should be sticky, stretchy and soft.
- Using a small tablespoon measure, scoop mounds of dough and place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. I like to use my hands to round the balls.
- Place the balls into the oven and turn down the heat to 350. Bake for 25 minutes, until the balls have puffed and the outside is dry with a bit of color.
- Cool for 5 min and eat. Some people eat them with ketchup; I like them the way they are but will sometimes enjoy with salsa.
- Leftover cheese balls can be stored in tupperware for about a week. Must be heated become consuming again because they taste better warm!
*Tapioca flour is a bit difficult to find. I usually get mine at Whole Foods. Latin American markets will sell them as well.
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