Brazilians are known for their rich and hearty meals. But one thing they’re also known for is their hearty appetite. They consume a lot of carbs and proteins in every meal, which means their stomachs need some extra love.
To keep them full, Brazilians often snack on snacks that are not too heavy. One of the most popular Brazilian snacks is Brazilian cheese bread. Made of cheese, corn, and spices, this is a wonderful treat to have with your favorite dishes.
When you make this cheesy bread, you’ll get to enjoy the flavors of cheese, corn, and spices, all at once. Plus, it’s so easy to make, you can whip up a batch in no time.
You’re sure to love this cheesy bread, especially when you add it to your Reuben sandwiches or any other grilled sandwich.
The most common varieties of cheese bread are:
Pão de Queijo: This is the most traditional cheese bread. It’s a crusty bread made from cheese and eggs and baked in a pan.
Pão de Queijo da Serra: This is a more regional version of pão de queijo. It’s made with cheese, eggs, and milk, and it’s usually baked in a pan.
Pão de Queijo Frito: This is a popular snack sold at carnival time. It’s a crunchy bread that’s filled with cheese and has bits of fried chicken.
Pão de Queijo do Cabral: This is a Brazilian variation of cheese bread. It’s made with cheese, eggs, and milk, and it’s baked in a pan.
Pão de Queijo Preto: This is a dark cheese bread. It’s usually made with a combination of cheese and nuts.
Pão de Queijo de Pernil: This is a regional version of cheese bread. It’s made with cheese, eggs, and milk, and it’s usually baked in a pan.
So let’s talk about what goes with pão de queijo! In other words, what to serve with Brazilian cheese bread.
What is Brazilian cheese bread?
Brazilian cheese bread is a type of quick bread made from wheat flour, butter, milk, cheese, and eggs. These ingredients combine to create a soft bread that is similar to pizza dough.
It’s typically served as a dessert – it is baked into a loaf, but it can be eaten like bread.
It’s typically served with fruits and ice cream, but it’s also served with coffee.
Brazilian cheese bread is a popular dish in Brazil, so it’s also popular around the world. It can be difficult to make at home because of all the steps involved.
What to serve with Brazilian cheese bread
Brazilian cheese bread is so incredibly good, it deserves to be served with something equally wonderful. The perfect side dish for this cheesy bread is garlic mashed potatoes.
You know, I bet you didn’t expect to read that, right? After all, how could mashed potatoes be considered a “side dish” for anything?
I can tell you one thing… those mashed potatoes will disappear fast! And so will your cheese bread. In fact, this combo is such a powerful force of nature, people who don’t eat carbs will start gobbling up every morsel of your cheesy bread. This means… more cheesy bread for you! Win-win-win-situation.
Mashed potatoes are great no matter what the entrée is, but they really shine when you serve them as a side dish to a carb-heavy meal. They soak up the extra carbohydrates in the form of gassiness, leaving you with an extremely satisfying feeling and a low-level glow that lasts for hours.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying you should only make mashed potatoes for carb-heavy meals. You should definitely make them whenever you feel like having a treat. But there’s something about having them after a heavy meal that just makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. Like you just ate a delicious, satisfying meal… and now… you can enjoy some guilt-free carbs. It’s truly a win-win situation.
There are so many ways you can serve this decadent treat! It can be the main course, a side dish, or even an appetizer. But one thing is for sure: You must always serve it with a side of veggies.
And what better veggies than those that go great with cheese? Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus…the list goes on and on.
Garnish your serving with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkling of paprika, or a dash of cayenne pepper for some added zest.
Another great idea is to serve a green salad as a side dish to go with your Brazilian cheese bread. The greens will brighten up the richness of the bread and add a nice crunch.
Gazpacho is an excellent choice for a light side dish to go with your Brazilian cheese bread. Make sure you buy the kind with corn and tomato in it. (It has a thin layer of cream cheese on top which acts as an edible lid.)
Gazpacho is a classic cold soup from Spain and Portugal. It got its name from the “gazpe” which means “to squeeze” in Spanish. This refers to the process of forcing the ingredients through a sieve or strainer.
The resulting soup is made from fresh, ripe tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onion, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. All of these ingredients are mixed together and then served chilled in small cups.
There are many ways to serve gazpacho. Traditionally, it’s eaten as a first course either as a starter or as an appetizer. It is also often served as an appetizer or a snack in bars and restaurants.
Gazpacho is also a popular summer soup. Since it’s so refreshing and light, it’s perfect for hot summer days. In fact, gazpacho is usually eaten as a thirst quencher during the day – before the main meal.
Gazpacho is traditionally served in small cups with a spoon on the side. However, you can also use a knife and fork if you prefer.
When it comes to baked potatoes, you can go all out and get fancy with truffle salt and chili flakes, or you can keep it simple and classic. Either way, you should always serve these side dishes with grilled sausage.
Asparagus is one of those veggies that go with everything. It’s easy to cook, has a naturally sweet flavor, and goes well with almost every kind of food. This makes it a great side dish to serve with any meal.
How to make it even better? Infuse it with a bit of citrus!
Citrus Asparagus is a flavor sensation that your entire family will love. Just cut off the bottom inch of each stalk, and wrap the stalks in plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus.
Let cool, and you’ll have the most delicious, most nutritious and easiest vegetable side dish ever!
Cheese bread is not something you typically see in an American diet, but it’s an absolute must when you eat Brazilian food! Made with grated cheese, flour, eggs, and seasonings, this flaky bread is served to accompany virtually every meal.
If you want to jazz up the standard applesauce accompaniment, add a little honey and sprinkle it with cinnamon. Delicious!
Serve slices of this bread alongside your grilled sausage dinner, to soak up all the juicy juices. This is one of those dishes that tastes best served warm, with plenty of crusty bread for dipping!
Bake your own rolls? Absolutely! You can make your own rolls in less than 30 minutes and they taste so much better than the ones you buy in stores.
If you have a food processor, you can make the dough right there. If you don’t, you can also make the rolls by hand. Just follow the recipe and you’ll be on your way to delicious homemade rolls!
Serve some salsa on top of this amazing cheesy bread!
It’s just as simple as it sounds. All you need are tomatoes, onion, garlic, and cilantro.
Pair your sausages with a rich and creamy sauce for a feast that will leave your guests begging for more!
To create a creamy mushroom sauce, you’ll need a combination of milk and butter. You can start by melting the butter, and then add the milk as you slowly cook the mixture over a low heat.
When the butter and milk are both fully melted, add the mushrooms and continue to cook. Once the mushrooms are soft and cooked, you can take your delicious mushroom sauce and use it to dress up your dinner!
You know that time you get that craving for Brazil nuts but you just don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of shelling them?
That’s when you turn to a dish known as papas fritas.
It’s essentially a deep-fried French toast made with potatoes and cheese. And it tastes just as good as it sounds!
What I love about this dish is that you can make it with almost any kind of cheese you want.
So if you want to switch it up, try adding olives, capers, anchovies, and/or herbs.
This cheesy and smoky-tasting snack is the perfect combination of flavors for your Brazilian cheese bread! It has the same consistency as a corn tortilla, so you can easily cut it into strips. This is a perfect finger food for your guests, so they can sample the cheese and the corn before digging in.
You can use corn kernels instead of fresh corn on the cob if you prefer, but the original recipe calls for them.
Another side dish that’s easy and fast to prepare is steamed carrots. You can find a myriad of carrot recipes, but I prefer this basic version. Just cut your carrots into sticks, put them in a bowl, and cover them with water. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and then lower the heat so the water simmers. Cover the bowl and let your carrots cook for about 10-15 minutes.
Drain the carrots, and serve them immediately with a sprinkle of sea salt.
If you have leftovers, you can keep the carrots in their salty water to use as a side dish the next day. If you don’t, just drain the water and use the carrots as is. Either way, they’re an easy and fast side dish that’s great to have on hand!
What To Serve With Brazilian Cheese Bread (13 Options)
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- A side of veggies
- Baked Potatoes
- Grilled Asparagus
- Dinner Rolls
- Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- Papas Fritas
- Roasted Corn
- Steamed Carrots
- Pick any of these recipes.
- Prepare the ingredients.
- Be ready in 30 minutes or less.