Ham and cheese roll (Brazilian)


Brazil is a second motherland for more Lebanese folks than there are in Lebanon; naturally, Lebanese immigrants to Brazil have imported their kibbeh and their tabbouleh to their adopted homeland; in return, they have espoused all things Brazilian.

This sandwich, called enroladinho de presunto e queijo is a Brazilian version of a ham and cheese roll; it has some diced tomatoes and herbs thrown in the mix, which adds a  fresh note.

I made a yeasted puff pastry dough following a recipe in Radia’s Orient-Cuisine. A good store-bought puff pastry is fine as a substitute; or you could use a beoreg pastry which is a snap to make (clickhere for the recipe).


  • 1 packages puff pastry
  • 20 slices of Swiss or Mozzarella cheese
  • 20 thin slices of ham
  • 3 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of minced basil or any herb of your choice


  1. Divide the pastry in half and roll out each half separately. Divide into 10 rectangles, about 5 inches in width and place on each a slice of cheese, a slice of ham, a few diced tomatoes and a teaspoon of minced basil. Roll up and tuck the corners.
  2. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the sandwiches with an egg yolk for a nice golden shine.
  3. Bake in a 375F oven for about 15 minutes or until puffed and golden and crispy. Serve warm.

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  1. Bruno
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I lived in Brazil and it’s been years since I ate this sandwich last time! Nice to see it here!
    Did you know that there’s a sandwich in Brazil called Beirut? It’s made with two khobz, usually roast beef (or top side), cheese, egg, lettuce and tomatoes. Some places serve this filling in lahm pastry, baking meat, cheese, tomatoes and egg altogether. Very, very good! =)

  2. Posted May 29, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    A delicious sandwich! Perfect for an outdoor picnic.



  3. Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Ta bom! ;-)

  4. Joumana
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    @Bruno: No I was not aware of this Beirut sandwich and would give anything to get a hold of the recipe! I may have to travel to Brazil myself!!LOL

  5. Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    That dough looks simply marvelous!!

  6. Posted May 29, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Delicious and marvellous sandwich..

  7. Bruno
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    @Joumana I can send you the recipes if you want to, I know how to do both sandwiches! Unless you happen to go to Brazil first! =D

  8. Posted May 29, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    That looks amazing! Oh how I miss pastry bread.

  9. Posted May 29, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    looks delicious Joumana! have a nice sunday, kisses

  10. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Joumana, again, another wonderfully tasty looking and original recipe to try, plus I could see freezing these and having snack wraps on demand and always on hand. Thanks!

  11. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    This looks delectable! I would love using yeast pastry too.

  12. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    These look so delicious. One of my best friends is from Brazil. I wonder if she ever had these!

  13. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Perfect! Thank you!

  14. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Mmmm, I would love this kind of sandwich!

  15. Posted May 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know that about Brazil and Lebanon! Now I’m super curious about other Brazilian/Lebanese hybrid food — what an interesting combination.

  16. Posted May 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I have some extra puff pastry in my fridge that I defrosted and have to use – now I know what I’m going to do with it! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration. Also love your post on fresh chickpeas – they’re in season in Israel right now!

  17. Posted May 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    That really looks yummy, on my to-do list. Diane

  18. Posted May 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    this looks great new to me always learn something over here, thanks for your comment on my expat post, all in all I guess it enriches us :-)

  19. Posted May 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    This is a great alternative to the usual ham & cheese sandwich we have in the States.

  20. Posted May 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I never knew of the connection between Brazil and Lebanon! This looks so tasty!

  21. sweffing
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    trying to catch up with my favourite blogs: as usual I am left salivating after reading yours! Thanks, as always. By the way is there any tradition of baking with flour other than wheat flour in the Lebanon? It turns out that I cannot eat wheat but am fine with all others.

  22. Posted May 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Those look marvelous! They would be great at a picnic!

  23. Posted May 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I never knew of the connection between Brazil and Lebanon either, intriguing…That sandwich looks pretty darn good too.

    Thanks for sharing, Joumana…

  24. Posted May 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    A grown up ham and cheese?!

    Uh, YES please! This looks so savory easy to make, looking forward to giving it a try!

  25. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Enfin un sandwiche original, comme un petit chausson en fait et qui donne vraiment envie ! bravo

  26. Posted May 31, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    merci joumana pour ce clin d’oeil et merci de me faire confiance

  27. Posted May 31, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Oh those look perfect to bake ahead and bring to work for lunch. Very tasty!

  28. Posted June 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Pastry and cheese…always wonderful! I like the tomatoes and herbs here, very lovely :)

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