One of my favorite dishes, Ham Bread, is popular during the holidays in Venezuela. However, no matter the month of the year, this dish is always delicious and very easy to prepare. It also pairs well with soup and/or a salad.


  • Frozen bread dough (1 roll)
  • 2 pounds thinly sliced ham, cut into strips (My favorite is black forest ham)
  • ¼ pound smoked bacon, cooked until crisp, then crumbled (reserve grease)
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin into a large rectangle, about 10 x 12 inches.
  • Lightly brush the dough with a bit of bacon grease.
  • Arrange the cooked bacon, ham, olives and raisins on the dough, except for a small portion at one end so you can seal the bread up.
  • Roll up the dough like a Swiss roll, ending with the plain end. Brush with some egg to seal it.
  • Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven. Let cool slightly before slicing.
  • Enjoy!


This recipe was shared by Katy J. Aveledo-Sanchez. Katy is a Collin College intern at McKinney Magazine majoring in marketing, with a degree in communications. She enjoys cooking traditional Venezuelan cuisine for her growing family.