Monday, March 26, 2012

Brazilian Cheese Rolls - Secret Recipe Club

Good Morning! I am so excited to be involved in another month of The Secret Recipe Club!  I couldn't believe my luck this month. I was assigned to Bewitching Kitchen!  Her recipes looked amazing. I had about 6 different recipes picked out to try.  I couldn't decide between something sweet or something savory... I just knew it had to be new and fun!

Then I found them. "Brazilian Pao de Queijo".  Or, in other words, Brazilian Cheese Rolls. Now, there's a little back story to my excitement at finding this recipe. I've had these rolls from a Brazilian. They are amazing. I've seen a few different recipes for them. The one thing that held me back was finding Tapioca starch. I'm pretty busy, and I like the basics, so when I have to search around for a unique recipe, it usually doesn't happen. But, I looked for Tapioca starch everywhere I went for months. And, just so you know, I know you can get this easily at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc. I just don't go to those stores very often.

Then, the one time I wasn't looking for it... there it was. My kids laughed with me because I was so excited! So, now I have a box of Tapioca starch, and can make these DELIGHTFUL rolls over and over and over...

Now, these are not super cheesy, stringy rolls. They are little tiny bites of airy, cheesy goodness. Traditionally, per my Brazilian friend, you are supposed to smash the roll flat before you eat them!  They are fantastic right out of the pan, and even amazing after they cool.

Brazilian Cheese Rolls 
adapted from Bewitching Kitchen
makes: 24 mini rolls 

1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup cheese (I used 1/2 cheddar and 1/2 asiago, use your favorites!)
1 Tb Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (Or just Parmesan if reggiano is too expensive)
1/2 teas salt

For topping: Optional, but recommended
Rosemary leaves, chopped (I used these on half of my rolls, and they ended up being my favorite)
Kosher salt (Sprinkle some on all of them. It adds a great counter taste to the cheese)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.

Add all ingredients, except for the toppings, into a blender. Blend well at full speed, stopping a couple of times to scrape the sides. Make sure all of the tapioca starch is incorporated.

The mixture will be a little thinner than pancake batter. Pour it into mini-muffin tins, about 3/4 full.

Sprinkle the Kosher salt and Rosemary on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn the pan over right away, and let the rolls drop out. Most will come out. If some don't, let them cool for a minute or so and probe them out gently.



  1. I can't wait to try these! They look delicious!

  2. Oh, how wonderful! You picked a recipe that is very very dear to my heart, of course... ;-)

    my husband never gets tired of it, and it's a nice way to bring my home country close to us here

    I've been meaning to make another recipe for "pao de queijo" ever since I posted this one. Time flies, though, and I still haven't made it!

    loved your post!

  3. Oooh these look so fluffy and delicious! Yum! Pinned because these are definitely on the list of things to try. :)

  4. hmmm....these sound interesting and good...with cheese in it, how can you go wrong

  5. These sound really good! They'd be fun to eat it sounds like too!

  6. Smash them before you eat them. Who says you ever get too old to play with your food? :)

  7. I make something similar to this, but in biscuit form. My family will love these rolls, I cant wait to surprise them.

  8. my coworker as brought these in from a store before but I thin they would be so good home made. Thanks for sharing this recipe. :-)

  9. I ate these all the time when I was in Brazil and I am totally addicted to their cheesy goodness. So envious that you have a whole batch of these in your kitchen.

  10. Those look really tempting...too bad I dont know when I'll get to Brazil or get my hands on tapioca starch!

  11. What a great choice! They look very airy and tempting. Wish I could try one :)

  12. Mmmm! I've heard of these Brazilian cheese rolls, and I definitely want to try them. Cheese plus carbs generally equals heaven in my mind!

  13. Mmmm, cheese and bread always = delicious. Can't wait to try! We just launched the all new and I'd love if you would check it out! April is peas month, so if you have any great pea recipes, join the fun and link up! We'd love to have you.