While I was poking around her blog I found this recipe for Pao de Queso. The pictures looks appetizing and the description had me geared up try this out. Apparently this is a popular snack in Brazil. Since Nate spent some time there in college I was excited to recreate some culinary delights from his travels. Unfortunately he had never heard of them. I also got another lesson in pronunciation. Using my Spanglish I thought I was making. POW DAY KAYSO but I guess those crazy Brazilians have to add their Portuguese flair to it and Nate informed me I was making POW DAY KAY-JEW. Pshh, I'm still going to make them. You can attempt to make your own mix or you can buy pre-packaged mix. I went with the easy way out so that I knew what I made was close to tasting like the real thing. Once I knew what I had to imitate I could fiddle with recipes from scratch.
One of the perks of living in a big city like Philadelphia is that it is easier to find some of these ethnic goodies. I have no idea where I would get this mix from in Vermont. You can order it from Amazon or try and hunt it down at your local Latino market. I knew a market in NE Philly that sold Brazilian soda and candy so I headed up there in hopes that they would carry it. JACKPOT! They had more than one brand. It was cheap so I bought a couple and gifted one to my Mom since I knew she wouldn't be able to find it in VT. It was pretty hectic since it was the weekend so I parked in a bank parking lot so I wouldn't have to search for street parking. As Nate and I were walking towards the mercado we were behind this woman who was not tiny or young but was wearing skin tight nude colored leggings like they were pants. You could see all her contours and lines, Look lady, nobody can pull of nude leggings, not even Beyonce so don't even try it. C'mon! It was a sight to behold.
I digress yet again. It took me a couple of weeks to get the enthusiasm to make these. Once I pulled it out of the cupboard I realized all the directions were in Portuguese. I was able to get the basic info with my broken Spanish skills but was able to find a translation online to confirm. They were SO GOOD! Took 15 mins to prep and once they came out of the oven they were a dream. Cheesy, chewy and delightful. A bit addicting, I gobbled a boatload of them. I will say that they are best warm out of the oven. I ate the leftovers for the rest of the week and they were kind of like hard rocks but I didn't care because I liked them so much. You can roll out the dough and pop the balls in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can pull them out of the freezer and stick directly into the oven for fresh baked treats. I have included the recipe to make it from scratch (HERE) if you can't get a hold of the pre-made mix but I have yet to test it out. Oh and did I mention, they're GLUTEN FREE!