San Jacobos Recipe

Spanish San Jacobos - This is the perfect recipe for "merienda" (an afternoon snack) or as part of a tapas meal, they consist of a slice of cheese between slices of cooked ham, which is breaded and then fried,  delicious when the outside is crispy and the cheese inside melts between the slices of ham. Quick, easy and economical to make and oh so tasty.  Try this easy recipe.


8 slices of cooked ham

4 thin slices of cheese

1/2 cup white plain flour

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

2 eggs

2tbsp water

olive oil for frying

San Jacobos Recipe


Lay 4 slices of the cooked ham on a clean work counter.

Lay a slice of cheese on top of each slice of ham.

Lay another slice of ham on top to form a sandwich

Break the eggs into a bowl, add the water and whisk well.

Put the flour and breadcrumbs onto a plate and mix together well.

Pour enough oil into a frying pan to completely cover the base, heat on a medium heat.

Once the oil is hot, bread the ham and cheese by dipping them first into the egg mixture, then covering them with the flour and breadcrumb mix.  Tip make sure the sides are also covered so the cheese will not ooze out when cooking.

Fry the San Jacobos in the hot oil until golden brown, flip over and cook the other side.

Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil.

Repeat for each slice (sandwich of ham and cheese)

Serve hot with some fresh crusty Spanish Bread and a salad, you could also serve with some honey and mustard sauce, BBQ sauce or of course Spain´s famous Allioli

For a different option try the same method using turkey breast slices with roasted red peppers and a touch or oregano.

For a vegetarian option you could try slices of courgette and sun dried tomatoes with vegetarian/vegan cheese slices or 

Will make approximately 2-1/2 gallons or 40 servings.

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