What do you know about ‘pão de queijo’ the most delicious (and so easy to prepare) brazilian snack?
( pão de quijo : pane al formaggio : cheese bread : käse brötchen )
If you have never been to Brasil, and don’t have a brazilian friend, you are going to love me forever – and ever – for this tip/recipe!
And if you are from Brasil, you will also love me… because this recipe tastes sooo good, you’ll never dare to buy any baking mixture ever again!
This recipe is not one of my own, but after several tries I can say: This one is the ultimate ‘pão de queijo’s recipe! It is one of Carla Pernambuco’s recipes, and if you don’t know either her, ‘las chicas‘ and ‘carlota‘ – restaurants of her – or ‘brasil no prato‘ – a tv show hosted by herself – it is time for you to do some homework!
At Carla’s recipe she uses ‘queijo coalho’. I’ll suggest a different mix, but you can actually use whatever hard or semi-hard cheese you prefer.
If you can’t manage to find ‘polvilho’ where you live you can mix 1/3 of cornstarch + 2/3 of potato stark + 1 coffee-spoon of baking soda. You’ll have delightful breads when they are still warm, but then they got a little bit too hard (what doesn’t happen to the polvilho one).
pão de queijo (makes about 24 ):
40 ml. olive oil (Carla uses Corn oil)
50 ml. water
250 g of sour polvilho starch.
125 g of hard cheese ( I use: 75 g. of grana padano + 100 g. of aged goat’s cheese) .Grated in a thick grater.
In a pan, put together oil + milk + water and warm it up (don’t bring it to boil ).
Place the polvilho (or your mix) in a large bowl, add the liquids mixture, and then add the egg.
Now add your cheese and let the mixture aside for half an hour (if it’s summer – south Italy or Brasil – bring it to the fridge).
Pre-heat your oven at 190˚, and prepare a tray (about 40 x 30 cm.) with parchment paper.
When your mixture is done make little balls (about 3 x 2 cm.).
Bring it to the oven for about 18 / 20 min.
Tip: I really hate food with a ‘shape’ , so instead of rolling balls I just used a tea-spoon (to collect around the same amount of the mixture) and dropped ‘whatever I caught at my tray!
What else? It is 100% gluten-free!
But what I really love is the color… Come on! I can’t believe my mother never used this colorful soup for persuading me to eat beetroots (actually she never needed this stratagem, because I am crazy about beetroots ever since I was a baby… I am just trying to bring some drama in here!!! ).
What I always do is to make them all, regarding it took the same effort but also the fact that the burgers and the soup are meant to be stored anyway! And a Great thing about the soup is: It is delicious for winter meals but also, if not especially cold on summer days!
And of course: You don’t have to do everything on the same day. If you prefer you can stock your pieces or pesto and go for the next step in a couple of days… whatever suits you better!
Step 1: (+ salad)
Cook 3 big or 4 smaller beetroot until ready to peel (about 15 min), then peel it with your own hands, cut them in 1X1inch pieces, and place it in a baking tray with a sprinkle of olive oil, some balsamic and just a little bit of sea salt. Cover it with foil and bring to pre-heated 200˚C oven for about 20 minutes, then take off the foil and bring back into oven for extra 15 minutes, until caramelized!
Now you must divide your beetroot in four portions!
You can combine the first portion with the same amount of feta or tofu over a bunch of spinach or rocket leaves; garnish everything with toasted sunflower seeds, a little bit of olive oil, lemon salt and pepper, and you’ll have a delicious salad full of Iron, especially if with tofu and spinach! You can also add a slice of avocado if you are really, really hungry!
Step 2: (+ pesto)
The other 3/4 should be processes with two table spoons of sesame, about 75g of roasted almonds, and about half a cup of tomatti pellati or dried tomatoes!
Split the resultant pesto in three parts again! The first part can be stored to be used as a patê, especially when combined with creamy goats’ cheese, or used as a pesto by adding some olive oil to the mix!
Step 3: (+ burgers)
Reserve 1/3 of your mixture.
Add to the 1/3 left one egg, 3 table spoons of (I use GF) onion cream powder, 1 tea-spoon of tabasco, 3 table spoons of (I use GF) rolled oats, 3 table spoons of soy dried beans, 1 table spoons of shoyu, about 2 table spoons of fresh parsley finely chopped.
Process everything, make some balls and press them against your hands to create little burgers. Bring the burgers to oven for about 10 min, turn them upside down and bring to the oven for other 10 minutes!
You can store the burgers on your freezer or refrigerator, and then heat them up in a skillet under a generous piece of cheese before serving!
Step 4: (+ soup)
With your last 1/3 of pesto you can make an easy and delicious soup, only by adding a cup of natural yogurt (when it’s summer), or crème fraîche (when it’s winter) plus a cup or two of vegetable stock.
To serve it drop a table-spoon of yogurt or cream, and some parsley leaves!
That’s it; it; it and it! Four times delightful!