This post is sponsored by Brazi Bites - all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting my blog!
I strolled through the Anaheim Convention Center at Expo West last year with intention to meet up with some friends and stop and say hello to a small list of companies I work with. Other than that, I spent my time at new-to-me booths with intention because my time is limited now, and in my fourth year of blogging, I’m not here to work with every company that reaches out to me (if you have “keto diet” or “weight loss” in your name or introduction, don’t waste your time on me!).
All business matters aside, I also stayed mindful with samples - vendors are not shy in asking (begging?) you to try a sample of their products. A lunch of protein bars and coconut yogurt and chips didn’t sound good to me, so I politely declined most offers. Just when my stomach felt ready for some food, I passed by the Brazi Bites booth and took a couple steps to get a second look. The cutest little dinner-roll-looking bites sat on each tray and the vendors handing them out just smiled. I wanted to know more.
After some back-and-forth conversation, I took a bite into what I now knew was a family recipe for Brazilian cheese bread, or Pao de Queijo. They were GOOD. Like a dinner roll, but moist and flavorful from the addition of cheese, herbs, and spices. And naturally gluten-free!
Something pulled me away from the booth, I forget what exactly, but I did not forget about Brazi Bites. How could I have? I’ve eaten my fair share of bread in my 22.5 years of life, and these are not just little bites of cheese bread, or at least not what we know in America. Food fascinates me everyday, and even more so when the cultural background plays such a significant role in the dish.
Fast-forward to about a month ago, when Brazi Bites emailed HungryHaley about a recipe collaboration. I read “Brazi Bites” in the email subject line and practically jumped out of my seat in excitement. Immediately, I began the recipe brainstorming process, but it wasn’t until after I completed my final exams that I could actually get in the kitchen with Brazi Bites and put my ideas to the test.
This recipe is a third time’s the charm kinda’ thing - I tested my first idea twice, determined to make it work because of this beautiful cheesy sweet potato sauce that baked over the top of the Brazi Bites. But alas, I had to throw that recipe away when the bites came out… well, not their best in both trials. So, I ditched that idea and came up with this one - it’s ten times simpler, tastier, and prettier (because we eat with our eyes first, you know).
The hours I spent on this recipe only make me love it more, and only make me more confident that you, too, will love it. It’s meant to be an appetizer/shared dish, so either invite yourself to a party and bring it along or plan your own party and cook this up for your guests!
Makes 1 skillet, about 4-5 servings
1 bag 3-cheese Pizza Brazi Bites
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp. oil (I prefer avocado or grapeseed here)
1/4 cup sharp white cheddar cheese
Fresh chopped basil, for garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400F and place a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet inside.
Once the skillet is heated, place about 3/4 of the Brazi Bites on the skillet. Evenly distribute the sliced cherry tomatoes throughout, between the Brazi Bites. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tomatoes are blistered and the Brazi Bites are golden.
Remove the skillet from the oven and shred the cheese over the top. Broil on high for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and lightly charred. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
Sprinkle the chopped basil and salt and pepper over the top and serve immediately - it is best eaten when hot, fresh from the oven.