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…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!

49 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Shang
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    Yum, that looks delicious!

  2. sooki
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    but they do look light and airy and so delicious!

  3. alely
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    looks yummy! your photog looks great of the cheesebread looks great!

  4. postcards and pretties
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    yum they look really good

  5. Sheena
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Yum! Where did you find the tapioca flour?

  6. Sandy a la Mode
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    @Sheena – I found it at the Chinatown Market in City Market. I think it would be in any Asian or International grocery store!

  7. audrey marie
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    oooo – these look delicious!

  8. hip hip gin gin
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Oh you know I am totally trying these!! They look so cute and delicious!! And really if it involves cheese I’ll pretty much eat it. Yum!

  9. Down and Out Chic
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    oh yum! put cheese on or in anything and i’m sold!

  10. JLe
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks a lot. I drooled on my keyboard…

    Those look really good!

  11. Alesha
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    WOW that looks delicious!

  12. Piper
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

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

  13. Ayumi
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    I love love love pao de quiejo! Honestly you’ve done two of my favorite foods on here.. the mochi and this stuff!!! YAY!

  14. Cristina
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    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! ^^


  15. katrina
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    geez louise, that looks crazy cheesy good.

  16. Elaine, clothed much
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    woo!! Thanks for posting the recipe! I love those!

  17. tiffany.
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    okay that looks JOYFUL!!!


  18. jennifer young
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    sandy your food posts always make me hungry lol.
    and i’m too lazy to go make something right now!!! haha

  19. jozen @ lolasgirl
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    ooohhh… sounds delish!!!

  20. Kristin
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Totally making those for my next party. YUM!

  21. Aubrey
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    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!

  22. Megan
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    These look delicious!

  23. Nicki
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    These look really moist and delicious. I’m always on the lookout for good, portable appetizers. Thanks for sharing!

  24. lydia {ever ours}
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    nom nom nom.

  25. Carly (@RealGloss)
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    These look so amazing! Could I really do this??

  26. Sandy a la Mode
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    @Carly – HAHA, of course you can sweetie!! Just mix everything together, form into balls in muffin tins and pop it into the oven!! Voila, so simple! =)

  27. Punctuation Mark
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    oh my God!!! there used to be a place in Miami that made them and i became addicted to them and if i see one i have to attack them… yum!!!

  28. Brandi
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    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?

  29. Dandelion & Grey
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 12:09 am

    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!

  30. Tawny
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    mmm! these look gooood! i’m gonna have to try them some time =)

  31. erica
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 4:45 am

    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.


  32. small Burst
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Girl. This looks soo good. I can’t wait til my kitchen is done!

  33. Blair
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    yum & yum. looks so good – i want one right now!

    I linked to you on my post today! love your blog.


  34. lou
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    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.

  35. Valerie
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    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!


  36. alli/hooray
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    oh my goodness, this sounds delicious!

  37. helen
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    YUM!!!!! i love cheese. and bread! i’ve never had brazilian cheese bread, but i will soon, thanks to you :)

  38. In Honor Of Design
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Sandy this sounds sooooo good. So excited to try it!!

  39. julia
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    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

  40. julia
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    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.

  41. Meg Sylvia
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Mmmm these look very cute and tasty!

  42. joanie
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    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…)

  43. trishie
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Looks so yummy!

  44. Rachel @ a la Modest
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    oh, I love these!! Thanks for the recipe :) I will have to try it!

  45. Chelsea Rebecca
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 1:06 am

    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.

  46. Melissa
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    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!

  47. Jan Garcia
    May 01, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    wow, that sounds amazing. will have to try this! :)

  48. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}
    May 03, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    Oh these look so delicious!!!! YUM!!!!

  49. Adrienne Gunde
    May 04, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    Omg, how have I never had these before? Any kind of cheesy bread is my favorite thing ever!!

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