Bauru – Famous Brazilian sandwich.
A Bauru, named after its founding city, is a Brazilian sandwich created in the 1930s by a local law student. It consists of a French bun, mozzarella cheese, roast beef, tomatoes, and pickles. It is considered the official sandwich of Bauru in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, and the local tourism board provides certification to restaurants that make the sandwich according to the original recipe. While there are several variations of the sandwich in other areas, it almost always includes a French bun and cheese.
- 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 whole Bâtard, Or French Bread
- 4 slices Thin Roast Beef
- 2 slices Beefsteak Tomato
- 1 pinch Salt
- ½ teaspoons Dried Mexican Oregano
- 6 slices Pickles
The trick to this sandwich is the cheese and the bread. The cheese must be melted (the best way to achieve this is to do it in a double boiler). As for the bread, slice it in half, lengthwise, and tear out the interior bread (just leaving the crusty bread, and a bit of the interior). Add the slices of roast beef, top with the sliced tomato, sprinkle with the salt and oregano, top with the pickles and finally blanket the top of the sandwich with melted cheese.
Quickly place the top of the bread onto the sandwich, and push down just a bit, making sure the cheese comes out. You will notice the cheese will change its texture in a couple of minutes, but it is such a wonderful texture, with just the right amount of saltiness.
Taking a bite into the bauru just explodes with flavor. The subtle hint of oregano with the roast beef, along with the pickles and texture of the bread—this one is hands down a must-make. Hope you enjoy.