This cheese bread is the best part about Brazilian churrascaria restaurants (like Tucanos, Rodizio, Fogo de Chao, etc.) Okay, that is a lie. This cheese bread ties with the sirloin, the prime rib, the grilled pineapple, the bacon-wrapped chicken, the lamb… (doesn’t this sound heavenly? If you have never been to one of these Brazilian meat-fests, all I have to say is…what are you waiting for?)

brazilian cheese bread pao de queijo

It really is saying something that these tiny little appetizers give the prime rib a run for its money. They are so good, and the perfect size (perfect for eating like 10 of them, I mean). They are chewy and cheesy and (I’ve recently discovered) super easy to make. All you do is throw everything in the blender and then bake. No rising. You don’t even have to deal with dry ingredients vs. wet ingredients. It can’t really get easier than that.

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Brazilian Cheese Bread {Gluten Free!}

Serves 16     adjust servings


  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Scant 1 1/2 cups (170 grams) tapioca flour*
  • 1/2 cup (packed, about 66 grams) queso fresco
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or more to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a mini-muffin tin. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth, scraping sides when necessary. At this point you can store the batter in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  2. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until puffy and just lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for a few minutes.
  3. This makes enough batter for 16 mini muffin sized cheese breads. These are best eaten the same day you make them, so only make what you need and then refrigerate the rest of the batter.


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Source: Simply Recipes

If you are in love with churrascaria food, try this Chimichurri Sauce! It’s a great marinade and condiment for grilled meat.