My first experience with cheese bread was at Ola, a restaurant in South Beach (you can see my review here). Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pao de Queijo is a delicious cheesy bread that is naturally gluten free because it is made with tapioca flour.
Brazi Bites began in Portland, Oregon a few years ago. The story goes that they missed their native cheese bread and tried different cheeses in America until they found just the right ingredients to make it taste like home. Now you can find it in stores.
They were nice enough to send me some samples to try. I inquired and they do make it in a dedicated GF facility and it is certified GF. It is super easy to make and delicious.
You can find it in the frozen food section (my local Whole Foods carries it). Preheat your over to 400 degrees.
Once the oven is preheated, place the frozen cheese breads on a baking tray and into the oven for 20 minutes.
Beep, they are done - it doesn't get much easier than this. Our first batch was a bit overcooked so the next batch we cooked for 18 minutes and it was perfect.
Eat it whole or tear it open. You can see the cheese inside.
How did they taste? Super good. They were a hit with the kids - they gave it two thumbs up. It goes great as a side dish with dinner but it is also a great midday or after school snack. With football season starting this would make a great app for during the game.
They come in Original, Bacon and Jalapeno flavors. The Original cheese is great and a bit hit with everyone. I like spice and I really enjoyed the Jalapeno - it does have a kick. The bacon was good - I thought about making up some pulled pork and making mini sliders with the bacon ones - I think that will be out of this world.
We have already restocked our freezer because we went through our samples. If that is not a posistive review i'm not sure what is. You can click on this link which will take you to there page on where to find BraziBites near you. I would definitely recommend you head out and find some Brazi Bites and add them to your freezer - your taste buds will thank you.
The Un-Gluten Guy