Copycat Fogo de Chao Rolls

Fogo de Chao Rolls, also known as Brazilian cheese puff bread, are easier to make at home than you think! This gluten-free bread is also yeast free and only takes 30 minutes! 

Fogo de Chao Rolls, also known as Brazilian cheese puff bread, are easier to make at home than you think! This gluten-free bread is also yeast free and only takes 30 minutes!
Fogo de Chao Rolls are actually Brazilian Cheese Puff Bread. Once a year for his birthday my husband drags me to Fogo de Chao. If you are not familiar with the name please allow me to explain. Men running around with meat on sticks using swords to swiftly cut a slab direct to your plate. While I am a fan of meats, I am not a huge fan of the experience and atmosphere. I find it anxiety provoking, busy and noisy, which is why it only happens once per year. For a meat-eatin’ man it is heavenly. Unlimited meat in the most manly of styles, on a skewer. Although, Fogo has certainly changed a few things about their ambiance and I now enjoy it more than I used to!
Fogo de Chao Rolls, also known as Brazilian cheese puff bread, is easier to make at home than you think! This gluten-free bread is also yeast free and only takes 30 minutes!

In an attempt to not be totally put off by his birthday wishes I try to focus on the positive. In this case it is the Cheese Puff Bread, market table and the famous Fogo de Chao Bacon. These little nuggets are my version of Fogo de Chao Brazilian Bread.

I researched recipes and found numerous variations. Many had ingredients difficult to find in the states or at least in Baltimore City. Below is the closest I could make with local and easy to find items. The most obscure will be the tapioca flour and maybe Cotija cheese, which I was able to easily find at Whole Foods.

Fogo de Chao Rolls, also known as Brazilian cheese puff bread, is easier to make at home than you think! This gluten-free bread is also yeast free and only takes 30 minutes!

Most people believe the chewy center is melted cheese and to some extent they are correct. It is cheese and uncooked dough. Basically you under cook to produce a doughy center. They do get to a high enough temperature to eliminate potential raw eggs issues. Another plus? These golden nuggets require no yeast, therefore no rising, which results in a homemade dinner roll in under 30 minutes! And this is a gluten-free bread! Please indulge in these buttery, two bite cheesy heaven poppers. You’ll thank me!

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Fogo de Chao Rolls, also known as Brazilian cheese puff bread, is easier to make at home than you think! This gluten-free bread is also yeast free and only takes 30 minutes!
Cheese Puff Bread- Copy Cat Fogo de Chao Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Copy cat Fogo de Chao Brazilian Cheese Puff bread- No yeast cheesy bread puffs ready in 30 minutes!
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 oz Parmesan or Cotija cheese finely shredded
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the inside of a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, salt and milk. Bring to a low boil.
  3. As soon as mixture boils, transfer it to a mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, slowly add in tapioca flour. Be very careful because the mixture can spit out and it is hot!
  4. Add in cheese, eggs, sugar and oil. Mixture will be the consistency of a wet bread dough. It is very sticky and moist.
  5. Spoon dough into individual muffin tins to about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Puffs will start to puff right out of the tin and be golden brown on the tops.
  7. Serve while warm. Enjoy!

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Fogo de Chao Rolls, also known as Brazilian cheese puff bread, is easier to make at home than you think! This gluten-free bread is also yeast free and only takes 30 minutes!

Comments

Natasha

Just made your recipe! I don’t even know if I can formulate in words how perfect the rolls came out! My house smells gloriously like hot cheese and my stomach is about to burst. Thank you so much for sharing! *Virtual handshake*

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Oh, that makes me heart happy! And thank YOU for stopping by to tell me you love them. All too often folks only stop by when they don’t like something so positive comments make my day!

Michelle Brown

I made LOTS of these before and after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Luckily, we had already bought milk, and there was plenty of tapioca flour and cotija cheese left in our store. 🙂
so, here are my hints/observations:
1. don’t overboil the milk/butter/salt mixture (got distracted by my son and it happened). I felt it made the finished rolls tougher, still tasted fine though
2. DO use whole milk, or the batter will be really runny, too watery. again, still good, but not perfect. refrigerating the watery batter helped. dough isn’t like bread dough, more like cake batter, but less than whole milk was watery.
3. you can refrigerate dough and make more rolls the next day. I just sat it out until it became closer to room temp. it will be thick! but.still works great. rewarming leftover rolls in the oven hardens them, or warning in the microwave results in oilier rolls, so do make what you want now and save the batter for later!
4. the hardest part of these (besides not eating an entire batch by myself) was grating the cheese. so..i figured out an EASY solution! use the paddle attachment on your stand mixer, break the cheese in quarters or chunks, and let the mixer crumble it for you!!! just put it in another bowl until you need it, but I left the cheese residue since it’s getting mixed in eventually, so don’t need to wash it before adding the boiled milk and butter. 🙂

these are a hit at my house, and since I’m gluten free, I don’t feel the need to pay for a steak meal just to get these delicious rolls!!! thanks 🙂

    Savory Experiments

    I’m hoping you are safe from harvey down there and SO glad you love these rolls as much as we do!

Pat

I am just seeing this recipe for the first time. I am preparing to do a “Potluck” for a Pastor who happens to have a “Gluten Allergy” (I can relate having to deal with Celiac Disease myself). My question is pretty simple … can these, if made in a large quantity (for a potluck for example for about 50-100 people) be held at a “warm” temp in something like a slow cooker? I have tried them warm, and they are W O N D E R F U L … but they lack something (actually they aren’t very appetizing) when cold. Thanks so much for any feedback.

    Savory Experiments

    Hi Pat, that is a really good question. I would assume so- but the slow cooker might create a little bit of steam making them slightly soggy. You can certianly try! I would try to make them as close to serving as possible. The crispy outside and gooey inside it was makes them so delicious. They can be eaten room temp, but are so much better warm.

Marianne

I used whole milk, and a mix of 4 shredded cheeses…only shredded Parmesan I could find, plus asiago, Romano, and another cheese. Boiled the milk/butter mix, then immediately off the burner. When I added the 2 cups of tapioca flour, then the other ingredients, the batter was REALLY runny. I then added about 1/3 cup more tapioca flour and mixed well, the batter was still a bit runny, but more like a batter now. After baking, brought them to an event and they were a BIG hit…everyone wanted the recipe, and most took some home. Delicious!!

    Savory Experiments

    I’m so glad to hear that! Yes, the batter is more like pancake batter than a traditional bread batter.

Ger

Does anyone know if batter can be refrigerated for later use?

    Savory Experiments

    I sometimes make mine ahead and just put it in the fridge and bake the next morning.

    Pj

    I refrigerated the batter – do I need it to come to room temp before pouring into pan to bake ?

      Savory Experiments

      I would let it sit for a bit, yes, or it may take longer to bake.

Ezra

The “dough” was the consistency of pancake batter. I thought it would be more like a bread dough. Any reason this happened?

    Savory Experiments

    Hi Ezra, the batter is more of a batter than a bread dough, for sure, but it shouldn’t be super soupy. You used 2 cups tapioca flour to only 1 cup whole milk (not skim or 2%, it needs the fat to make it right)? Did they bake up ok?

      Ezra

      The milk was the problem. Only had low fat milk. Now I’ll be trying this again!

        Savory Experiments

        Gotcha! Yea, gotta have that thicker milk for this one 🙂 Skim and low-fat is too watery.

Josey

Could I use non dairy milk?

    Savory Experiments

    Hi Josey, you can certainly try, but I have never made it them that way.You do need to use the cheese, so if someone can’t have dairy, this might not be the best recipe.

Francisco

This really works. It’s as good as the real thing. We used 1/2 mozarella and 1/2 cheddar.

    Savory Experiments

    I’m glad you enjoyed it and also that you took the time to stop by and give me feedback. Thank you, Francisco!

Beenish

Followed this recipe and it tastes just like the bread from the restaurant. This makes close to two batches, but bake that second batch. They disappear really fast.
Thank you!

C

How long could I keep the dough for? If I didn’t use it all could I just refrigerate the rest of the dough and finish baking it the next day? I agree that freshly baked is definitely better than reheating these! So delicious though, I make this recipe all the time!! Thanks!

jens

Just made these and they turned out delicious! Hard part is stopping at one.. oh, what the heck, here comes number two!

    Savory Experiments

    I know, right?? Thank you so much for swinging back through to let me know you enjoyed them. It means a lot!

J

I was able to find the tapioca flour at Food City. It also goes by the name “Arina de yucca”. I’m hispanic and its quite easy to find in stores that sell Latin American brands.

Stacy

My dough turned out so sticky that I found it very difficult to spoon out portions. Instead I coated my hands with raw egg and formed balls by hand. They came out smooth, glossy, and beautifully round and consistent.

Katie

I used the whole milk.
Is it supposed to become a really tight mixture when you add the tapioca flour?

Katie

Mine just are not turning out right, when I add the tapioca flour to the milk/butter mixture it get tight very fact and super lumpy, Then in the oven it doesn’t change at all….

    savoryexperiments

    I’m sorry you are having trouble, Katie. What % milk are you using?

Mary

If you don’t finish it an you store it in the fridge and microwave it soft?

    savoryexperiments

    Yep! Of course it isn’t as good as freshly baked, but still yummy.

Debi at Life Currents

I made these for Christmas & they were great! Tapioca flour wasn’t hard to find at all. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    savoryexperiments

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

Anonymous

You can use AP flour but they won’t turn out as good. Tapioca flour has a softer consistency than AP which makes the puffs seem lighter and airier. That’s not to say they are bad…if I don’t have tapioca flour I will sometimes do 1 cup AP flour and 1/2 cup of corn starch instead of 2 cups tapioca flour. For reference, here is a site with substitution information for Tapioca flour: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/tapioca-flour-substitute.html

gabbie

Can I use self rising flour or just all purpose flour? Will they turn out as well?

Anonymous

why do you have to boil those ingredients first? can’t you just melt the butter in the microwave, and then add in milk and salt?

Little Rosy Runabout

Yeah, it got to a pretty high boil. I used refrigerated Sun of Italy grated cheese instead of grating it myself, so that could have been the issue, too. I’ll try it again with fresh cheese and more attention to the stove top! Thanks!

Jessica Formicola

Could be a couple if things, a high boil, yes, slightly over cooking in the oven, the type of cheese you used or how long you waited to serve after baking. Most cheese get rubbery when melted and it sits too long, also bringing to a boil can separate the oils and lastly different cheeses have different moisture levels, liked Kraft parmesan cheese will not turn out the same as freshly grated. Do any of these sound like potential problems?

Little Rosy Runabout

Mine turned out more rubbery in the middle than cheesey. Could this be the result of the stovetop mixture going to a high boil due to extreme distraction by the chef? Or did I do something else wrong?

    Jessica Formicola

    Could be a couple if things, a high boil, yes, slightly over cooking in the oven, the type of cheese you used or how long you waited to serve after baking. Most cheese get rubbery when melted and it sits too long, also bringing to a boil can separate the oils and lastly different cheeses have different moisture levels, liked Kraft parmesan cheese will not turn out the same as freshly grated. Do any of these sound like potential problems?

Janet C.

These were so easy. The only problem I had was finding the flour, but I went to Whole Foods as suggested and found it right away.

Jaime S.

These were so easy and tasted just like Fogo.

Kristie W.

Made these for Chris and I and they turned out great! Had a little issue finding tapioca flour, but luckily I was able to stop by the Savory Experiments kitchen to borrow some. Will definitely make again!

Anonymous

Looks YUMMY!

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