June 11, 2014

World Cup Party: Brazilian Appetizer Pão de Queijo Recipe



The football or soccer World Cup kicks off tomorrow, and what better way to celebrate, party and watch the games then with some traditional Brazilian recipes, snacks and appetizers?! 

These little pão de queijo (little cheese breads rolls) are typically served at breakfast or at afternoon snack, but these bite-sized morsels are also perfect appetizer to accompany a nice cold beer!! Tried and tested ;)


They are truly one of my faves, and there's nothing I like more than to make them at home, 'cause they're all so simple. And honestly, the smell will take over your entire house! I made them yesterday, and we couldn't put them down!

I always make the cassava starch (polvilho azedo) recipe which is the traditional version, but also listed a  recipe below that my aunt gave me using arrowroot instead, if you can't find the cassava starch.




Brazilian Pão de Queijo Recipe - cassava starch recipe

Quantity will depend on size you make the rolls. I made them about 2 inch in diameter so got about 60+


Ingredients:

500g of cassava starch called polvilho azedo (find it at specialist Latin, Brazilian or Portuguese stores or use arrowroot recipe below)
1 cup of oil cooking oil
2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon of salt
4 eggs lightly beaten
2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese




Directions:

Make the pastry: Place starch in a big bowl and make a well in the center. In a pan, bring to the oil, milk and salt. When it starts to boil, take it off the heat and tip it in one go (carefully not to spill on yourself - do I need to say that?!) onto the starch and mix.

Mix well until the mixture is well combined, then let is cool for about 5 minutes. Probably longer, but I'm not that patient. Then add the cheese and mix until well combined. 

Add the eggs a little at a time mixing after each addition; until all is combined. The mixture will look a little lumpy/curdled, don't worry - it's meant to look like. See photo above.

Using a couple of tea spoons, make little 2 inch (5 cm) diameter balls from the mixture and place onto a baking tray. No need to grease it. Bake at medium/hot oven 200 deg C or 392 F or gas mark 6 for about 15 minutes until golden brown and puffy.

Serve at once with your beverage of choice! Yum!! :)




Brazilian Pão de Queijo Recipe - arrowroot recipe

I personally never tried this version, but some people prefer it, and it's also easier to find then cassava starch (polvilho azedo) perhaps? If you make it, let me know how it turns out? ;)


Ingredients:

1 cup of grated hard cheese like cheddar 
1 cup of arrowroot 
1 tablespoon  of salt
2 tablespoons of oil 
2 eggs (or enough to bind) 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, one egg at a time, kneading well, so it becomes a homogeneous mixture. Make balls of about 2 inch (5 cm) and place on a floured baking sheet and bake in a hot oven until golden brown.




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