Rating: 5 stars
2 Ratings
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This grain-free Paraguayan flatbread doesn't require any regular flour, which is great news these days. Not only is this unique and delicious, it's also super easy--pronouncing it might be the hardest part. Mbeju are best served freshly made. These are generally served with melted butter and a cup of coffee, but I topped mine with some chipotle mayo, sliced avocado, fire-roasted red pepper rings, sliced green onion, and a sprinkle of coarse salt.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 flatbreads
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine cassava flour, salt, cayenne, butter, and Cheddar cheese in a bowl by rubbing the mixture between your fingertips until the mixture resembles large, coarse crumbs. Drizzle in about 1/3 cup of milk and continue mixing and rubbing with your hands until the mixture resembles very small pebbles and is moist enough to hold together in large clumps when squeezed tightly together, adding more milk if needed.

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  • Place a small (6-inch) dry, nonstick pan over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Transfer in a heaping 1/2-cup of the mixture, or enough to cover the bottom of the pan. The mixture should be 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch deep for this to work. Press the top of the mixture down slightly to settle and use a spatula to go around the edges of the mixture, pressing any loose crumbs back into the flatbread.

  • Cover and cook until the bottom is golden browned, a crust forms under the flatbread, and a spatula can be slid underneath, about 3 minutes per side. Turn over with a combination of tossing the pan up slightly, while flipping with the spatula. You can also place a plate over the pan, and invert the flatbread to turn, and then slide back into the pan. Cook the other side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove from heat allow to rest for 2 minutes before serving warm.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 5.5g; carbohydrates 40.3g; fat 14.4g; cholesterol 41.3mg; sodium 337.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2020
Thank you Chef John for a great recipe! You were so right about the varying moisture levels, had to play with my wet ingredients a little, but the bread turned out great and my family loved them. I'll be making these again for sure! Always looking for more grain free recipes, keep them coming! As always, we certainly enjoyed!!!! Read More
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2 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2020
Made this today whilst our paraguayan friends did their own version in a virtual Mbeju standoff. They were no match for the ol' tapa tapa. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2020
Thank you Chef John for a great recipe! You were so right about the varying moisture levels, had to play with my wet ingredients a little, but the bread turned out great and my family loved them. I'll be making these again for sure! Always looking for more grain free recipes, keep them coming! As always, we certainly enjoyed!!!! Read More
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