The Cuban sandwich has been on my to try list for a long time and with the last of my roast pork leftovers on hand I kept thinking about it. A Cuban sandwich is typically made with layers of roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard and it is grilled until it is nice and toasty and the cheese melts. Never mind that my roast pork was a Montreal steak spiced seasoned maple bacon wrapped roast pork rather than a mojo marinated roast pork. Never mind that I did not have the ham on hand. I could not get the idea of the Cuban sandwich out of my head. After a bit of thinking I decided to use the roast pork that I did have and I simply replaced the ham with some peameal bacon that I did have on hand. That is three kinds of pork in one sandwich with the roast pork, maple bacon and peameal bacon! You just can’t go wrong with starting out with that combo! From there I finished the sandwich off as it should be with the swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. I guess in the end I had a kind of Canadian take on a Cuban sandwich and it turned out really well! The salty peameal bacon went well with the tender and slightly sweet maple roast pork and the melted cheese, pickles and mustard finished off the sandwich nicely. With this version of the sandwich being so good I can imagine what the original tastes like and I am going to have to try it soon.
Roast Pork and Peameal Bacon Sandwich
- 1 bun (sliced in half)
- 2 slices leftover roast pork (warmed if you like)
- 2 slices peameal bacon (sometimes called Canadian bacon, fried)
- 2 slices swiss cheese
- 3 long slices of pickle
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- Assemble sandwich.
Yes, it has to be good with that much pork!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
It looks mighty good!
Pork layered with pork sounds like a winner to me!
Ahhh, I was wondering what 'peameal' bacon was. Here bacon is strips and our Canadian bacon is the round discs all pink and good. Which I love on pizza with pineapple. Hmmm, I wonder if I could do pork, Canadian bacon, cheese and pineapple on a paninni?
So I have to tell you, the original is GOOD. Especially with some yucca fries. But your version is definitely a close second! Gotta love bacon.
Duchess of Fork says
YUM! I live in Florida, and love Cuban sandwiches!
Patrick Belardo says
It's def Canadian Bacon here in New Jersey. Great blog. I just discovered it.
Bellini Valli says
I love a Cubano Kevin and love this Canadian twist. Uoi don't need to twist my arm to have me try it.
That is some serious pork going on, which would be absolute heaven! It looks divine, Kevin.
Natural selection says
This is a great sandwich and I really appreciate your love affair with pork!
Oooh,….Kevin!! Another Grand sandwich!!
You are truly the sandwich master!
Kevin this looks so YUMMY! 🙂
SOMETIMES called Canadian bacon? I had to read the comments to see if anyone else besides myself had never heard of peameal bacon before! Here in the US I've only heard of Canadian bacon! Sandwich sounds delicious btw.
I wonder why peameal bacon is called that? I'm sure Wikipedia would tell me. A very evocative ingredient for the sandwich, which is divine per usual.
Oh man, bacon with anything is always a win. 🙂
Peameal bacon is actually different from Canadian bacon as we know it in the US. It's only available in Canada and has cornmeal encrusted around the outside of the loin (when whole)and is brined/salted but not smoked. Am I correct Kevin?
*I know so much about it, because in addition to buying extra sharp Canadian cheddar on our border hopping trips to Canada from Buffalo, my parents ALWAYS made sure to stock up on peameal bacon 🙂
Great twist on the Cuban, Kevin. That is one of my wife's favorite sandwiches but the Canadian bacon is a great touch.
alycia: You are correct. Here is the wiki article for anyone that is interested in learning more: Bacon
That's a great looking sandwich.
I made these tonight with leftover pork roast and the kids told me "this. is. EXTREMELY. good!" Good enough for me! 🙂