Grain Free Ham and Cheese Sandwich Balls

Grain Free Ham and Cheese Sandwich Balls

“This Gluten Free Ham and Cheese Sandwich Balls recipe is actually a play on the Brazilian pao de queijo or “cheese bread.” Pao de queijo is a popular snack food in Brazil often sold by street vendors made of tapioca starch, cheese and eggs. The dough is shaped into little balls, baked, and consumed.

I Americanized these by adding some ham and mustard – just like a good old ham sandwich. I also took a shortcut by using Chebe bread mix as the dough – all I had to do was add some ingredients, roll into balls, bake and enjoy!” – Simply Gluten-Free

Recipe and photos by Simply Gluten-Free

Grain Free Ham and Cheese Sandwich Balls
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 20 sandwich balls
  • 1 package (7.5 ounce) Chebe Original Bread mix, or other savory variety
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (may use dairy free cheese)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp grainy mustard
  • 3 large eggs*, divided
  • 2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 tsp kosher or coarse salt
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the bread mix, cheese, water, mustard, 2 eggs, oil and ham.  Dump the mixture onto a clean work surface and knead until the dough is smooth. 

  3. Divide the mixture into 20 equal sized balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Whisk the remaining egg with 1 Tbsp water. Brush the balls with the egg mixture. Combine the salt and dried onion and sprinkle on top of the balls. 

  5. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*For an egg-free version, use 6 Tbsp aquafaba (and omit the egg wash).


Recipe by Simply Gluten-Free


This recipe works great with Chēbē Original Bread Mix, but you may also try it with these Chēbē mixes:


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