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A Taste of Brazil
Craving the perfect cheese bread
When Brazilian Junea Rocha and her husband Cameron moved from Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Portland, OR, they missed their favorite snack food - Pão de Queijo.
Growing up this warm breakfast item and afternoon snack was served at home, at parties and celebrations. Not able to find this cheese bread in the states, Juena called home and asked for her mother's recipe.
What makes this type of cheese bread different than any type in America is tapioca flour. This type of flour is made from a yuca root and is gluten free. The recipe also called for eggs, milk and fresh cheese. Since Junea couldn't find the right Brazilian cheese, she subsituted the flavors combining cheddar and parmesan to make Brazi Bites.
Junea and Cameron
Appearing on ABC's Shark Tank
After making hundreds of batches in their home kitchen, and sharing them with friends, they entered these unique cheese bites in food and trade shows across the U.S. All their hard work paid off, especially in November, 2015 when they became a television stars sharing their enthusiasm and story on ABC’s Shark Tank. Over 9 million viewers watched this adorable couple present Brazi Bites to Mark Cuban and the gang.
After one bite, The Sharks fell in love with the product and soon their cheesy bread bites were stocked in grocery stores (Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Sprouts, Gelsons and more). They also became a Costco cult favorite.
Pop Them In The Oven
Brazi Bites Products
Product Line Extension
With this success, they started making other Brazi products including: 3 Cheese Bread bites, Garlic Asiago bites, Cinnamon Churros bites and four different types of Empanadas.
Fresh out of the oven
From Freezer to Oven
Brazi Bites are great to keep in the freezer and pop in the oven on a cookie sheet for 20 to serve warm. Enjoy them as a side dish, bite-size appetizer, or even dessert. Junea offers recipes on her website for Southwest Avocado Toast, Butternut Squash Hummus Sliders and even pumpkin cheesecake using her Brazi Bites.
Bring comforting food to your Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year. They might just become one of the most requested dishes each season.
Recipe for Southwest Avocado Toast
- Southwest Avocado Toast with Brazi Bites Crust – Brazi Bites
Savory Cheddar & Parmesan cheese bread serves as a crust for delicious pumpkin cheesecake. Gluten-free and sure to wow anyone lucky enough to get a slice!
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- 10 garlic Asiago pieces, whole
- 1 avocado, mashed with salt & pepper
- 2 eggs, beat
- a knob butter, melt
- 1/2 lime, squeeze
- 1/4 red onion, chop
- 1 tomato, dice
- 1 jalapeno, dice
- 1 cilantro sprig, garnish
- pinch salt & pepper, sprinkle
RECIPE: Brazi Bites
- Place Brazi Bites on a cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Flatten when hot.
- Beat eggs with salt and pepper in a bowl. Melt butter in a small pan and scramble eggs.
- Dice and combine tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. Squeeze 1/4 of the lime and mix to make pico de Gallo sauce.
- Salt and pepper avocado. Add lime juice and mash with a fork in a bowl.
- Spread avocado mash on top of the Brazi Bites. Top with scrambled eggs, pico de Gallo and top with cilantro.
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© 2019 Jill Weinlein