Brazilian Snacks Make Entertaining Easy

Warm and cheesy, these ready-to-bake, gluten-free snacks make the perfect cocktail nibble.

Looking for an easy, last-minute appetizer or fun finger-food for the holidays?

Look no further than Los Gatos-based Mani Pao de Queijo (pown-deh-kay-zho) snack breads.

These airy little rolls, no bigger than a ping-pong ball, come frozen and ready to be baked in a hot oven for 25 minutes

They emerge crisp and golden on the outside, with a texture akin to a sturdier version of a chou pastry for cream puffs or gougeres.

They’re fairly addicting to eat warm, especially with their subtle cheesy flavor, thanks to cotija and parmesan.

They’re made from yuca root flour, making them gluten-free, too.

There’s also a jalapeno version for a little more kick.

The snacks, named for a beautiful Amazon tribal princess, are a popular treat in Brazil, where company co-founder Monika Batista’s family hails from.

Look for them in the freezer section.

Mani come 20 to a package that sells for $7.50. They’re available at Whole Foods, Andronico’s, Lundari’s, Robert’s Market, Draeger’s, Bianchini’s Market in Portola Valley, Sousa’s Wine & Liquor in Mountain View, and Mercado Brasil in San Francisco.

Mani also offers free delivery if you order a minimum of two packages and live in any of these cities: Los Gatos, Campbell, San Jose, Saratoga, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

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Date: Wednesday, 23. November 2011 5:26
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  1. 1

    Happy Thanksgiving, Carolyn! Thanks for all your wonderful posts this year.

  2. 2

    Thank you, Carolyn! These look great. (Free delivery, too? Neato.)

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving- it’s the foodiest holiday of the year :)

  3. 3

    I love these things!!! They’re so good. Now I know where to get ‘em. :)

  4. 4

    LOL, the Brazilian version of cheese balls! Looks like a nice and easy appetizer to add to the table. Hope you have a fun Thanksgiving!

  5. 5

    Yes, these are indeed very interesting little balls! Very intruiging!! Thanks for sharing with us, dear Carolyn! :)

  6. 6

    I am always on the look out for gourmet snacks to complement home cooked ones for my dinner parties as they seem to elevate all the canapes to another level :)

  7. 7

    Oh these look so easy and delicious!! I will have to check these out!!

  8. 8

    These snacks sound so tasty! I hope i can find them around here!

  9. 9

    Yum, every time I go for Brazilian food I order these – I wish we had something like that here!

  10. 10

    My sister lived in Brazil for a while. I’m sure she’d love these! And gluten-free? Woo-hoo!

  11. 11

    Can I order these over the web?

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