Dana Slatkin

Easy Dairy-free Gluten-free Cheese Puffs

dairy-free gluten-free cheese puffsThe last time I came up with a recipe that seemed too good to be true, it actually was. Good and true, that is. A luscious dark chocolate pudding made with coconut milk and maple syrup, ten minutes to prep and good to go days later. It sounded like a fantasy, but it turned out to be one of the big hits of the year.

So last week, when I stumbled upon a recipe for a gluten-free cheese bread called Pão de Queijo, I thought I was dreaming again. The adorable little puffs reminded me of the heavenly rolls we used to buy every week at the farmers market over the summer. Made of tapioca flour (a.k.a. tapioca starch, cassava flour, or manioc flour), they were crusty on the outside, chewy and cheesy on the inside, and totally addictive. I pictured myself pulling a batch out of the oven on Thanksgiving, mounding them in a rustic basket on the buffet, and watching the steaming little spheres disappear into smiling mouths.

But the last thing I needed was more work for next week. Plus I didn’t want my dairy-free guests to feel left out.

dairy-free gluten-free cheese puffsSo I tested a milk-less and cheese-less version, keeping the egg to aerate the batter. Thanks to a stroke of genius by Elise Bauer, creator of Simply Recipes, I knew I could throw everything in the blender, prep the batter in a snap, and have them on the table in twenty minutes flat.

Let’s just say, good and true triumphed again. The garlic in the batter added some necessary punch, and they puffed up beautifully. I must say, milk and cheese (the sharper, the better) makes them really dreamy (be sure to try the original recipe ). But there’s good news for all my dairy-free friends…you can have your cheese balls and eat them, too. Wishing you all a warm, happy and meaningful Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to hear about your feasts!

Still looking for Thanksgiving inspiration? Try these vegetarian and vegan Farmgirl favorites!

Photo credit:  Simplyrecipes.com and http://www.kingarthurflour.com

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  2. Miles Linklater says:

    These look great, but I found them under ‘vegan recipes’ which doesn’t apply (thanks to the egg)… however being a vegan chef I can’t wait to try and truly make these vegan (sans oeuf)! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Dana Slatkin says:

    Miles, thanks for the correction – I will recategorize them. Let me know what you sub for the egg and how they come out!

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