August 20, 2015

Pão De Queijo (Cheese Puffs)

Recipe: Eric Vellend

Tapioca starch is derived from cassava, a popular root vegetable in South America. This cheesy snack is like a gluten-free version of gougères (choux pastry buns). Recipe from chef Mario Cassini.


  • 1⁄2 lb. tapioca starch (1 3⁄4 cups)
  • 6 tbsp whole milk
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

  • 1⁄2 cup grated old orange cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Yield: Makes 20

  1. Place tapioca in a medium mixing bowl. In a small pot, heat milk, oil and salt over medium-high heat, whisking to dissolve salt. When it starts to bubble, slowly pour over tapioca while stirring with a rubber spatula. Stir in egg. Mix with hands until soft, smooth dough forms. (If it’s dry, add a splash of milk.) Knead in cheeses. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking tray with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1″ balls. Place on tray 11⁄2″ apart. Bake on upper rack until puffed and golden, 25 minutes. Serve warm.



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