Once You Pop Brazilian Cheese Bread, You Can’t Stop

…or at least I can’t stop!

First spotted at Fogo De Chao. Also known as Pao de quiejo. Best paired with massive amounts of unlimited meat. Cheesy Goodness. The perfect appetizer. Recipe adapted from Chowhound. :)

  • 1 lb Polvilho azedo (Sour or fermented Tapioca/Cassava flour) – I used Tapioca Starch because that’s all I could find at the store
  • 1 cup whole milk – I actually mixed 3/4 cup skim milk and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream as I did not have whole milk on hand
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 medium eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp common salt
  • 1/2-cup cooking oil
  • 6-8 oz Parmesan cheese (grated)


    1. Mix milk, water, oil, and salt well in a large metallic container.
    2. Bring it to boil. Turn off heat.
    3. Mix in flour/starch well with the liquid using a wooden spoon/spatula. Let it cool so you can knead.
    4. Add beaten eggs and knead until smooth. It’ll be too sticky. Have patience.
    5. Gradually mix cheese until the dough stops sticking in your hand. Knead well.
    6. Make 1-inch balls and place them in a muffin tin.
    7. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and put the pan on the bottom rack.
    8. Let it cook for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the ball until slightly brown.

This recipe makes A LOT, I’m talking approximately 50+ little balls of cheese.  I actually ended up freezing half the dough and eating it later and it was still good!  They are really so easy to make and SO cheesy DELICIOUS!  Go on, go grill a garlicky steak and pair it with these poppers, they really do rival Fogo de Chaos’ (OK, maybe they aren’t as light and airy, but still pretty darn good) and are best eaten fresh out of the oven!

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  1. mmm, these look so yummy! of course anything that includes cheese is yummy to me :) they look pretty easy to make – even for me :)

  2. I don’t like the cheese so much (when we talk about original cheese.. I mean, not the pizzas or ‘whatever’ one), but this looks great!

    I shoud try to learn some recipes.. I only know a few! ^^


  3. mmmm these look yummy! And gluten free, which means they are a perfect appetizer/side for a dinner when my sister (who is celiac) is coming. Yay!

  4. If I didn’t already have cookies in the oven, I would be cooking these. Right. Now. They look delicious. I love bread. And I love cheese. So I must love these, right?

  5. OMG I LOVE these. We frequent 2 local brazilian restaurants, but I’m a vegetarian, so basically I eat massive amounts of these cheesy biscuits and love it :D

    Most definitely trying these this week!

  6. i went out to dinner with my friends earlier and realized our appetizers consisted mostly of bread and cheese…and i was thinking about how much i LOVE anything bread/cheese related, and then i see your post.

    the perfect marriage between cheese. and. bread.

    ohhh i don’t care if the recipe makes a million cheesy balls of goodness, you can bet i’ll be making them anyway.


  7. that sounds amazing. been to brazil 2 years ago but i can’t remember eating this. i will try to make it though i don’t know whether they sell tapioca here… let’s see.

  8. Wow, these look absolutely incredible. I’ve never even heard of them but suddenly I MUST try them. If you say they’re easy, I might just have to make them. YUM!


  9. Hi Sandy!
    Oh gosh, this looks absolutely yummy! I’d love me some of those, please! ;) I just baked chocolate banana muffins last night and i just find baking so therapeutic.

    Thank you so much for your very, very sweet comment on my blog the other day, dearest. It means so much to me. You have such a lovely blog yourself, filled with many beautiful things. <3

    I hope we can become good friends! x

  10. p/s: i’m sorry it’s taken me so long to drop by. i was buried in my textbooks for the past few weeks but i’m back now! (: you are truly such a lovely person.

  11. i popped a couple of these when i visited a brazilian steakhouse this past weekend. i wasn’t too impressed, but you make them look GREAT! maybe i will have to try to make them at home. maybe i’ll change my mind about them :) (they were a bit cold by the time i got around to trying them at the restaurant…)

  12. cheese + bread??!!!?

    2 foods i can’t ever turn down???

    OH YUM!!
    i must make this immediately!
    i always forget to bake the savoury stuff!
    but this recipe has inspired me to put down the sugar! haha.

  13. I just had these little delicious cheese breads this weekend! My bf’s sister got married and had her receptions there. I think I ate more bread than meat! lol… thanks for sharing. Now I can have them all the time =) your blog is lovely btw!

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