Rating: 4.22 stars
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

This savory little snack is a perfect appetizer or party food. I'm borrowing this recipe from my Brazilian friend Crislei who is so kind enough to share this foolproof recipe.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Combine the canola oil, water, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Place the tapioca starch in a metal bowl; pour the oil and water mixture over the tapioca; mix thoroughly. Beat in the egg. Stir in the yogurt, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Pour the mixture into mini-muffin tins.

  • Place on middle rack of the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake until slightly golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 15.6g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 32.8mg; sodium 427.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (28)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2012
I am Brazilian and I tweeked this recipe to make it easier and less fat. I added only 1/2 tsp of salt. I used no fat greek yogurt and Low Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese. I did NOT use water and I did not boil anything. I simply mixed all the ingredients. The trick to make it puff is to really knead it. Without water it makes a very thick dough that you can knead some more and then roll into little balls. It takes only 15 minutes baking on a greased baking sheet. Do not let it brown. Read More
(20)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2010
It's not corn starch but tapioca starch that is used in this recipe. That will make a big difference in the taste and texture. Read More
(22)
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2010
It's not corn starch but tapioca starch that is used in this recipe. That will make a big difference in the taste and texture. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2012
I am Brazilian and I tweeked this recipe to make it easier and less fat. I added only 1/2 tsp of salt. I used no fat greek yogurt and Low Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese. I did NOT use water and I did not boil anything. I simply mixed all the ingredients. The trick to make it puff is to really knead it. Without water it makes a very thick dough that you can knead some more and then roll into little balls. It takes only 15 minutes baking on a greased baking sheet. Do not let it brown. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2009
This is absolutely yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2011
These are a great base - although eaten strictly as made they are also yummy and cheesey. I'll be adding some spices to zest them up next time but it's a keeper. I don't understand other reviewers who use the wrong ingredients and then give the recipe a poor rating when things don't turn out right. Tapioca flour (tapioca starch) is readily available in pretty much every grocery store. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2010
I used this for a pizza crust and bread sticks. It worked great. I sustituted olive oil added salt and finished with generously with garlic and parsley. Pizza crust: I spead the puffs into a greased pie pan with the outside rim being the thickest. I browned the crust filled with sauce mozzarella pepperoni and then cooked at 400F Bread sticks: In a greased 7 by 7 pan I spread the mixture flat and topped with 1/4 cup mozzarella sprinkled with garlic and parsley. Finished cooking just like the recipe directions. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
LOVE IT. You must used Tapioca starch. Anything else will not do this recipe justice. I love Pao De Queijo. If you are lucky you can find this prepackaged recipe in the supermarket. In the latin food section otherwise this recipe will make it pefect too. Obrigada. (Thank you in Portuguese) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/29/2009
I made this recipe two times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and it was very bland. The second time I added peppers onions spieces and mushrooms but the recipe still tasted funny. I think all of the corn starch makes the recipe have a strange taste and texture. I wouldn't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2010
This is exactly what I was looking for! I LOVE the cheese puffs at my favorite Brazilian steak house. I love them almost as much as the steak! I am so happy I found this recipe. This is it! Exactly like the ones I love there. The hardest thing about this recipe was finding the tapioca starch. I ended up finding it at a local Asian market. Turned out it was really cheap too like 1. I will say that I grated my own parmesan from a block and it was a little strong. Next time I will try the parmesan from the green bottle or just reduce my own grated and up the mozzarella. There will definitely be a next time! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
Great tasting and naturally gluten free. One question on the recipe after trying twice is it is described as pouring the mixture into the muffin tins and mine had to be pulled apart and place in tins or on cookie sheet. Is the recipe missing milk or something that would make it pourable? Read More
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