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
- 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.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush the sandwiches with an egg yolk for a nice golden shine.
- Bake in a 375F oven for about 15 minutes or until puffed and golden and crispy. Serve warm.