Brazilian Bauru with Ham

Day PartBreakfast
Cuisine TypeLatin
Brazilian Bauru with Ham

Executive chef Michael Ponzio

Medinah Country Club

Medinah, Ill.

A bauru is a Brazilian sandwich named after a municipality in the southeast section of the country. The traditional recipe calls for roast beef topped with melted mozzarella, but chef Michael Ponzio layers on smoked ham instead and adds scrambled eggs to make it more of a brunch entree. The bauru is baked strata-style and served with a side salad.


8 slices Texas toast (thick-sliced bread)

8 oz. hickory smoked ham, sliced in strips

8 oz. whole milk mozzarella cheese, sliced

1 tsp. dried oregano

6 eggs, soft scrambled

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup heavy whipping cream

1 egg yolk

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

¼ cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese

¼ cup grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. Arrange bread in one layer in prepared dish; top with ham slices, mozzarella slices and oregano. Finish with second layer of ham, scrambled eggs and final layer of bread.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk mayonnaise, cream, egg yolk and mustard until well blended. Carefully pour mixture over bread; sprinkle shredded mozzarella and Parmesan on top. Bake in oven 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve immediately.

Photo courtesy of Smithfield Foods

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