Monday, July 2, 2012

Pao de Queijo

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the only one that speaks Portuguese. The of Brazil culture has been influenced by Africans, Native Americans, and the Portuguese. Their is also some Asian influence. This makes their culture and ethnicity very diverse. Maybe that's why they have so much fun at Carnival.

I made Pao de Queijo today for breakfast. Mine isn't exactly traditional because I had to use a potato and cornstarch in the place of tapioca starch. (Whe didn't have any.) Maybe the lack of the right ingredients, my dislike of potatoes, or a mixture of both made this dish not too yummy. It might just be a gross dish. I don't know, but they were a little too cornstarchy.

1 potato
1 c. cornstarch
2 tbsp oil
2 oz parmesan cheese
2 oz farmer's cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt

Boil potato. Process potato, cheese, egg, salt, oil, and 3/4 cup cornstarch in a food processor. Spread remaining 1/4 cup cornstarch on a work surface. Knead into golfball sized balls. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F.

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