Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

At the beginning of the week I had plenty of freshly minted leftover Cuban roast pork (lechon asado) and of course the first thing that I thought to use it in was a sandwich, a Cuban sandwich in particular. The Cuban sandwich, popularized in Florida, consists of roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, yellow mustard and pickles and it is generally 'pressed' when grilled. As luck planning would have it, I also just happened to also have some roast ham on hand so I was all set to make some Cuban sandwiches! These sandwiches are really easy to make, you pretty much just assemble the sandwich and grill it in a panini press. (I don't have a panini press so I just used a grill pan and 'pressed' down on the sandwich with a mixing bowl.) Despite being so simple, the Cuban sandwich is packed full of flavour and all of the flavours work so well together! The Cuban sandwich works particularly well with the lechon asado that has been marinated in the sour orange and garlic mojo and if you have any extra mojo on hand, throw some into the sandwich or dip your sandwich into it for even more kick! If you are using lechon asado for your roast pork and if you had any crackling, add some to the sandwich for a tasty crunchy texture! These sandwiches certainly are a great way to enjoy some of the leftover Cuban roast pork (lechon asado)!

Cuban Sandwich
While I was enjoying my first Cuban sandwich earlier in the week, I was thinking abut how pork heavy the sandwich was with roast pork and ham and I could not resist the temptation to add some salty smoked bacon the the next one to make for an amazing pork trifecta!

Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

A tasty Cuban sandwich with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.


Servings: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 bun, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 slices of swiss cheese
  • 2 slices roast pork or 1/4 cup pulled pork preferably Cuban roast pork
  • 2 slices ham, cooked
  • 2-4 slices pickle
Directions
  1. Assemble the sandwich and grill in a panini press over medium heat until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Option: Add a tablespoon of Cuban mojo for an extra kick!
Option: Add 2 strips bacon for a pork trifecta!

My make shift 'pnini press'. (Forgive the phone photo; it's hard to get my camera gear into my small kitchen.)

Cuban Sandwich

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36 comments:

Julia Mason said...

We can get Cuban sandwiches any time we want here in Lakeland FL. You must use Cuban bread for it to be a really Cuban sandwiche.

jasi said...

My SIL made this for me- it was my first ever- and I was instantly hooked. I'll have to make it for myself now. So delicious!

Anonymous said...

I follow the same recipe, with a couple of exceptions: I add Genoa salami, and use real Cuban bread. Each time I go to Tampa to visit my best friend, I come home with several loaves of Cuban bread, cut it and freeze it. It's wonderful!

Jennifer {Mother Thyme} said...

This is one good looking Cuban sandwich! I haven't had one is so long, but now I'm craving it. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A droolworthy sandwich!

Cheers,

Rosa

AikiCuisine said...

Hello kelvin! This is really wonderful :) And i am having a question for you. Shall we add beef instead of pork in this sandwich? Because i am allergic to pork!

Cooking Elena said...

Oh mamma che fame!! Sono proprio degli ottimi spuntini

Rebecca said...

Oh, wow. Leftovers galore. I'm so into your cuban pork recipe that it's one of the links which will appear on my 'Sunday Bites', so this can definitely go in next week's follow-up post. Yum!

Foodycat said...

That's a really clever way to press the sandwich!

We Are Not Martha said...

There's nothing not to love about this sandwich! Now, if someone would just bring it to me at work, that would be fabulous! :)

Sues

Sarah said...

I've never had a Cuban sandwich before. . .it might be time.

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

I've been dying to make a cuban! Now I'm sold.

Maria said...

Wow! What a great sandwich!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Oh it's been too long since I've had a good cuban! Looks lovely!

Little Kitchie said...

I absolutely love Cubans and yours looks to die for!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Oh it's been too long since I've had a good cuban! Looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

popular sandwich is the medianoche or "midnight" sandwich, so named because of the sandwich's popularity as a staple served in Havana's night clubs right around or after midnight.

marla said...

Now this is the perfect hearty sandwich! Would LOVE one this weekend :)

Julie @ Table for Two said...

Oh my good gosh, I LOVE me a cuban sandwich!!! They're so good and you can't find any good ones around here. I must try this at home!!

Heather Christo said...

Wowsa Kevin! This is pretty amazing!!

Jeanette said...

Timely! I just bought a pork roast to make my first Cuban roast and some sandwiches! Your pictures are drool worthy!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

This is my all time favorite sandwich. I lived in So. Fla. for many years and had it at least once a week while I lived there. I make them quite often and my recipe is pretty much the same as yours!

The only thing I can't get here is the beautiful weather... sigh...

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

WoW!! This looks amazing! Cubans have always been one of my favorites, but this one... that thick ham and pork... I'm drooling.

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

LOVE a good Cuban sammy and yours looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

We have family in Tampa and that is where I had my first Cuban sanadwich! I can't wait to try this at home! I agree that you must use the Cuban bread!

Miss Sandra said...

I simply love Cuban sandwiches. Thank you for reminding me that it's due time I have one. Have a great weekend!
Blissful tidings,
Sandra

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

You never fail to make me hungry - gorgeous photos and delicious looking sandwich!

Gaby said...

heck yes I need this in my life immediately! This is seriously the perfect lunch.

Unknown said...

Thank you for making an authentic Cuban sandwich! Most recipes these days seem to just want to add some weird ingredient like they can't help themselves. If you can get the real deal Cuban bread it will be that much better.

Unknown said...

Thank you for making an authentic Cuban sandwich! Most recipes these days seem to just want to add some weird ingredient like they can't help themselves. If you can get the real deal Cuban bread it will be that much better.

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com said...

Looks like Cuban sandwich is one of the most appetizing sandwiches I've seen! I am very curious about Cuban roast pork now, so I will have to go see the recipe for it from your site, too.

yung@foodyoo.com said...

This looks so nice. I just can’t resist something like this. Not only pork, guess roast duck or turkey would be really nice too. The best is the breads are grilled and the cheese melted a bit. And maybe stuff a piece of pineapple into it…yummy! :)

Marlene Taylor said...

For St Paddy's Day one could replace the ham with corned beef, or simply add the corned beef with the two other meats!

Kevin said...

Marlene Taylor: The corned beef Cuban is a great idea for St Pat's Day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin-I am making the Cuban Roast today, and my house smells wonderful! Thank you for the great recipe. I can't wait to enjoy the leftovers all week!

Diane said...

This is so good! Love your blog and recipes!!! In response to those insisting Cuban bread is the only way to go....some of us in the Midwest cannot get our hands on authentic Cuban bread and must make substitutions. I'll take an alternative to none at all. Lol

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