Oh, my mouth is just watering thinking about these cheesy, fried little decadent Coxinhas! You know when you eat something so perfect that satisfies you (and everyone else ) on so many levels – this is a recipe that somehow takes the trophy for them all! Coxinhas are essentially, serious Brazilian Street Food and can only be described as garlicky, lightly spiced, cheese studded with spring onion, encased in a light pastry, tossed in breadcrumbs and fried until they are perfectly golden. There is a quite a heavenly moment when you do break them open and the melted cheese oozes out into lovely strings of deliciousness. Oh dear – I think I officially have a food infatuation, and you will too, once you make these little melting cheesy crispy devils.
Now, we have to be rational here. As much as I want to give you the real deal on traditional, cultural foods – I also don’t want you to start freaking out with complicated methods and turn into a cursing loony in the kitchen! The idea is to have fun, enjoy cooking and not feel hammered by a long recipe that will have you pulling your hair out!!
I’ve adapted this , so it doesn’t compromise an ounce of flavor and makes it quicker and easier to prepare. Quite honestly, and I beg the forgiveness of Coxinha Connaiseurs, but I actually think a little trick of mine has made them lighter and crispier! The difference with what I have done here is to use a ready made puff pastry to encase the chicken filling. Traditionally, you have to make the dough yourself – which is fairly straightforward, but why not just make your life easier with some shop bought puff pastry? So here we go and I am deliriously happy writing this recipe !!!
Makes approximately 20 bite sized coxhinas ( I would account for at least 5 Coxhinas per person – polite eaters , that is – ha ha!)
Taste Safari is inspired by Sandy who is a Cookery Book Author & Food Blogger. Check out her culinary adventures served from the Heart of Kenya. Also, Get the full Steak recipe at her blog!
1 chicken breast
1 chicken stock cube
½ leek chopped roughly
1 tsp red chilli flakes
1 small bunch of coriander finely chopped
1 small bunch of spring onion finely chopped
150 gms of pizzella cheese / Monteray jack or any other easy melting cheese of your choice, finely grated
½ tsp Spanish paprika
1 tsp finely minced garlic
¼ tsp black pepper
3 heaped tbs of cream cheese
300gms Ready made puff pastry
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of fine breadcrumbs, very lightly salted with ¼ tsp salt
Oil for shallow frying and deep frying