Bola de Carne - Ham and Bacon Bread

This is a Portuguese recipe and it's one used a lot for parties or Christmas or special occasions. It's called "Bola de Carne" which is basically just a bread filled with bacon and ham and sometimes chourico sausage too. It's really good!


2 cups flour
3 eggs
4 TBSP butter
1 and half packets of dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
Bacon, Ham, Chourico Sausage (just eyeball it...about half a pack of bacon chopped etc)

In a small bowl, add the warm milk and the yeast, mix well.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, eggs, butter and salt then add the milk mixture and beat well until you have a soft doughy will be more like a thick batter. Let it rise for a few minutes.

Grease a baking dish (I used an 8x8 inch) and sprinkle some bread crumbs.

After the dough has risen for a bit, add a thin layer to the bottom of the pan and spread evenly to cover the bottom.

Add a layer of ham slices, then the bacon and then the chourico sausage ( for this recipe I didn't add the chourico).

Follow by another layer of dough, then another layer of the meats and keep repeating until you end with a dough layer.

Smooth it out and sprinkle some more bread crumbs over the top.

Let it rise until doubled in size, mine took about 45 minutes.

Bake in a 375ยบ oven for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned.


  1. Just found your blog by way of Peggy. I LOVE your blog! I am so going to try at least one of your Portuguese recipes. They all sound fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Oh my goodness! Don't you know I'm trying to eat healthier? LOL! This looks fantastic!



  3. Oh Sandra...this looks so outrageously good!

    I'm eating gluten free, so I think I will have to try to convert this recipe to use gluten-free flours! :)

    Thanks again for all the great recipes!


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