Pastel de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Pastries)

Ever been to a Brazilian restaurant? Vegetarian or vegan options are usually really lacking, which is unfortunate. While I know that Brazilians are known for their meat, its always worth noting that if someone is willing to sell delicious vegetarian entrees, we’re ready to buy it.

One item, that I did find once at a small kiosk in a farmers market were these delectable Brazilian cheese pastries known as pastel. The adorable lady at the kiosk had many kinds with various fillings, but even before I told her I couldn’t eat meat, she urged me to try the cheese one. I was so happy she suggested it, because it was so simple, but so delicious. It was a pastry hand pie filled with cheese that just gushed out. I couldn’t get enough. I hope you like my rendition of them. I think I got fairly close to the ones I originally had.

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Recipe makes approx. 8 pastries

INGREDIENTS

  • 7.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz cachaça (substitute: white rum or vodka)
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar (substitute: white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • approx. 400g cheddar cheese (you can use a variety of cheeses if you want)
  • 1/2 medium tomato, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 onion, diced (optional)
  • 1 qt vegetable or alternative frying oil
  1. Heat frying oil to 300F
  2. Mix together flour, olive oil, egg, cachaça, vinegar, salt and sugar. The dough should be a play dough consistency.
  3. Separate the dough into balls (balls should be smaller than a tennis ball, but larger than a golf ball). Knead each ball and roll out into circles. Dough should be approx. 1mm thick after being rolled out.
  4. Place desired amount of cheese on one half of the circle. In some of mine, I also put in diced onion and tomato. Fold in half, and seal pastry using the prongs of a fork.
  5. Fry pastry until golden. Enjoy 🙂

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Bonus caipirinha recipe: In a glass, muddle segments of half a lime with 1 tsp of sugar. Add 1 cup of crushed ice, 2 oz of cachaça and stir. Enjoy Responsibly 🙂

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  1. Helen Masterson April 9, 2016 — 6:40 am

    After making this tonight I am preparing a lawsuit against your company in case of weight gain and addiction problems That may emerge. So just FYI if you get SERVED over the next little while it’s mainly due to deliciousness.

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