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Po de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"I grew up eating these tasty treats. Always served at the table as an appetizer prior to salad. Totally delicious."
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1 h 15 m servings 118
Original recipe yields 20 servings


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  1. Heat half-and-half, vegetable, and salt together in a saucepan over medium heat; constantly whisk until mixture just starts to boil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a large deep bowl.
  2. Stir tapioca flour into half-and-half mixture using a wooden spoon. Mixture will thicken quickly. Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Mix Pecorino Romano cheese and eggs into tapioca mixture using an electric mixer or by hand until dough has a paste-like texture. Continue mixing until dough is soft and stretchy. Roll dough into 2- or 3-inch balls and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese balls are puffed and hardened on the outside, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use milk or even light milk for those who want a lighter version. Tapioca flour can be found in specialty gluten-free shops.
  • You can substitute 2 cups Parmesan cheese and 1 pinch sea salt for the Pecorino-Romano cheese.
  • If this recipe is too challenging there is a wonderful company called Yoki® that make a pre-packaged version that is fantastic.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 118 calories; 7.4 12.1 1.1 23 13 Full nutrition

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Very authentic. When I told my Brazilian husband I was going to make Pao de Queijo he said they'd never turn out authentic because we can't get the ingredients here. When he tasted them, he d...

We loved, loved, loved these. Using half 'n half gave the rolls the softest texture and the cheese made them gooey inside. Definitely a keeper recipe. I set them on the table, then I asked my ki...

I am brazilian , and it has been a long time I don't eat it a great brazilian cheese bread! Love it!

Followed the recipe exactly and they were amazing!!!! We make these all the time and everyone loves them!

Fabulous! Everyone loved these. The crust is crispy and the inside moist and delicious. It took my oven 30 minutes til done and beautiful. Loved these!

I love this bread. It has the chewiness missing in GF breads. I have made it with ricotta cheese and it was great too. I make it more liquid to have a self flattening dough when it bakes. I use ...

Absolutely amazing! The only change I made was I used about 1 3/4 c. parmesan cheese and 3/4 c. extra sharp cheese. To us they were perfect. HINT: my batter was very soupy, I think because I mis...