Today I hung up the phone with my sister and we chatted about appetizers…I told her I wanted to make some Brazilian snacks for my son and this was one of her favorites! This is a recipe sold in markets and malls, it is one of the Brazilian’s favorite snacks! The filling can be made with ham and cheese or ground beef, just plain cheese or queijo catupiry, a Brazilian traditional cheese! Every time I hear the word pastelzinho, it comes to my mind those steamy hot ones sold in farmers markets with sugar cane juice! Sooo good!
1o tbs of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp of salt
2 tbs of oil
1 cup of warm water
Mix flour, baking powder, salt, oil with your hand, slowly add water, until the dough is no longer sticking to your hand ( You will not need all the water suggested. Use rolling pin on floured surface, roll the dough and use a wine glass to make the pastel circles. Place filling in each one and close the two opposite ends, adding water on your fingertips to close them. Fry them in hot oil, until light brown.
Ham and Cheese- slice boiled ham in small pieces and shredded cheese, oregano and green olives in small slices.
Ground Beef- Cook ground beef, onions, cumin and salt with a tsp of oil until brown
Catupiry – place Catupiry cheese in the middle ( I added the picture below, it is sold in Brazilian markets or online by Sendexnet)
Secreto: If you wish the market taste, make them large, really large, break the top part to let the steam blow….I still have childhood memories of eating them in several places in Brazil! Enjoy!