Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) - Blender Version
A super delicious bread that's crunchy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. It's gluten free and takes less than 25 minutes, start to finish.
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: bread, Cheese, cheese bread
Servings: 24cheese rolls
Author: Lilian Vallezi
¼cupolive oil(vegetable oil can also be used)
⅛cupmelted butter(vegetable oil can also be used)
⅓cupGreek yogurt(milk also works if you don't have yogurt on hand)
11/2cuptapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour)
½teaspoon table salt
1cupShredded cheese(Queso fresco and Mozzarella work great)
More cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)(Parmesan works great)
Heat oven to 400ºF. Grease a 24 mini muffin pan.
Add all ingredients (but cheese) in a blender and blend it until smooth. Scrape sides as needed.
Open the lid, add the shredded cheese and press the pulse button, just to mix the cheese in.
Pour batter in mini muffin cups, about ⅔ full.
If you want, you can sprinkle some finely shredded cheese on top (Parmesan works great).
Bake it for about 15-18 minutes, or until it gets a light golden color.
Remove it from oven and let it cool for just a few minutes. It's best when super fresh and hot. You can also open it and spread some butter or cream cheese inside. Yummm!! Enjoy!
The mix of olive oil and butter give the cheese bread a great taste, but if you don't have them on hand, vegetable oil also works.The original Brazilian cheese bread uses a sour type of tapioca starch that I can't find in the U.S. So, to compensate I found out that Yogurt works pretty well. If you don't have it though, you can use milk (⅔ cup instead of ⅓) and it'll still be great.This is a fast version of the traditional Pão de queijo. Some people like to use Cheddar or other strong flavored cheeses. You can sure change the cheese to your liking, although it might taste a little different than the original, and also have a different texture inside. You can also add some spices or herbs to create your own style of Pão de Queijo. The possibilities are endless.If using Parmesan cheese, don't use the pre-packed one. They don't have much taste and change considerably the inside texture of the cheese bread.