Classic torta de fiambre from Uruguay

Torta de fiambre Rezept aus Uruguay

Are you looking for the perfect soulfood for a cold winter day and which is prepared in a jiffy? How about torta de fiambre from Uruguay, which is sort of a pizza with lots of cheese and ham in between? I can assure you that it is going to disappear as quickly as you make it. I already introduced torta de fiambre on this blog. However, the previous version was the gourmet type and much more work than this classic version.

Torta de fiambre Rezept aus UruguayFiambre translates as ham or cold cut and you probably could translate this as a ham pie or ham cake. The good thing about it is that you do not need to prepare an entire dough, which needs to rest and the like, no, this batter is whipped up quickly and will be poured onto the pan in liquid form. So basically you are making the batter, pour half of it into a pan, add ham and cheese, and then add the left batter and that’s it.

Torta de fiambre Rezept aus UruguayYes, this is soulfood, if you are health-conscious, look elsewhere, but I am a firm believer that once in a while you do need some comfort food, especially in winter. For that reason you may be up to making something from my birth country Uruguay.

Classic torta de fiambre from Uruguay

Prep Time: 10min Cooking Time: 20-25min Total Time: 35min

This classic torta de fiambre from Uruguay is kind of a "pizza" with liquid batter and cheese and ham.


  • 150 grams of strong cheese such as cheddar, a mix works as well
  • 200 grams of ham
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g vegetable oil
  • 240 grams of milk
  • 120 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2-1 teaspoons of salt (depends on how salty your cheese and ham are)
  • Some dried herbs such as oregano to your liking



Line the bottom of a springform of 20-2cm (8-9inches) with parchment paper, I usually leave some overhang as the batter is very liquid and may spill a bit. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.


Grate the cheese and take out the ham.


Mix all remaining ingredients in a large bowl for about one to two minutes.


Pour half the batter into the prepared pan, it is going to be very liquid. Then place ham and cheese on top and pour the remaining batter on top.


Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until top is golden. Wait for a few minutes before releasing from the pan and enjoy either hot or cold with some fresh herbs.

Torta de fiambre Rezept aus Uruguay

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  • Reply
    Thursday June 24th, 2021 at 09:23 PM

    Hi Jenny, this looks amazing, my partner is Uruguayan, and I would love to make this.
    I was just wondering what kind of ham you used, as it looked reddish almost like a salami. Here in Australia most of our hams are made from pork. We have many international deli’s, I’m sure I could find the one you used for this recipe, as I like to keep it traditional.

    Thank you

    • Reply
      Thursday June 24th, 2021 at 10:21 PM

      Actually, I did use ham from pork here in Germany. Usually it is smoked. Hope you find it in Australia. Let me know how it goes!

      • Reply
        Sunday June 27th, 2021 at 07:27 PM

        Hi Jenny.

        I made it tonight with normal ham I had in fridge… I just doubled the recipe. My partner loved it, said it was like grandma use to make it…
        So glad I found this recipe, I’m always looking for new recipes from all over the world, just another great recipe to add to my other Uruguayan recipes I have made.

        Thank you for the reply

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          Sunday June 27th, 2021 at 07:34 PM

          Yay, Lana, I am super happy, thank you! FYI, you will find quite a selection of Uruguayan recipes on my blog, check my category with Latin American recipes: I have chimichurri, chivito, empanadas, and alfajores on my blog among many other favorites from Uruguay.

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