tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and garlic mayo.
In Brazil, these are also made into larger rolls for sandwiches, so I couldn’t wait to make them into burger buns. But, while experimenting with them, I discovered that they would keep their rounded tops if they weren’t too big, so I made them slider size. This bun is definitely the star of the slider, so for this recipe, I kept the contents basic. These are made with turkey patties garnished with apple wood smoked bacon, thinly sliced tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and a smear of garlic mayo.
If you’re lucky enough to have any leftover buns, they taste great the next day too. Zap them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds and it brings back the warm, cheesy chewiness. You can also reheat them in a toaster oven for a crispier top. Oh, and they’re gluten free.
Pao de Quejo:
1 cup nonfat milk
½ cup canola oil
1 tsp. salt
2 cups tapioca flour
1 cup parmesan cheese
½ cup pecorino romano cheese
1 lb. ground turkey
½ cup plain bread crumbs
1 T dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 cup mayo
¼ tsp. garlic powder
For the Pao de Quejo, combine milk, oil, and salt over medium heat in a saucepan. Remove from heat just before it starts to boil. Add the tapioca flour a little at a time, mixing thoroughly in between intervals. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and mix on medium speed until completely incorporated. Add cheeses until well blended. The dough will be very sticky.
Fill a bowl with water for dipping your hands in between rolling each ball of dough. These buns do not rise or expand, so make the balls exactly to size that you desire.
Place balls on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Store any leftovers in an airtight container. Reheat in a microwave oven for 15 seconds or in a toaster oven until heated through.
To prepare the patties, combine all ingredients. Form patties to fit the size of your buns. Fry each patty on medium heat until browned and thoroughly cooked through.
Combine mayo and garlic powder. Mix well.
Cut the bun in half with a serrated knife. Spread garlic mayo on each half. Place a turkey patty on bun. Top with thinly sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced avocado, lettuce, and apple wood smoked bacon.
Recipe by Gale