Cuban Sandwich

Cuban sandwish
Cuban sandwish

Cuban Sandwich

By David Calito  , ,     , ,

May 3, 2015

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A Cuban sandwich is a variation of a ham and cheese that was often made in cafes catering to Cuban workers in the early Cuban immigrant communities of Florida: Key West and Ybor City, Tampa.
The sandwich is made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and sometimes salami on Cuban bread.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
  • 30 mins

    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr 40 mins

  • Yields: 4- 8 Servings


One 2 1/2-pound boneless pork loin roast

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lime

4 Cuban or Portuguese rolls, split lengthwise

3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

4 ounces ham, thinly sliced

4 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced

2 large dill pickles, thinly sliced

2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted




Wash and clean all ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle the oil over the pork and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Transfer the pork to a rack over a heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Roast the pork until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loin reads 140 degrees F, about 1 hour. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes, and then reserve 1 1/4 pounds for the sandwich. Slice 1/4-inch thick. Reserve the remaining pork for another recipe.

Add the mayonnaise, oil, cilantro, salt, garlic and lime juice to a bowl and stir until evenly combined and spreadable.

Heat a large, 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

Spread the top half of each of the rolls with 2 tablespoons of the mojo spread and 2 teaspoons mustard. Layer the bottom half of the rolls with pork, seasoning it with a pinch of salt. Top with the ham, cheese and pickles. Place the top half of the roll over the bottom half.

Brush the skillet with the butter, place 2 sandwiches in the skillet and brush the top half with butter. Place another cast-iron pan on top of the sandwiches with a heavy can to press down. Alternatively, you can use a panini press. Cook until the bread becomes golden brown on one side, and then flip and repeat on the other side, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Enjoy it with cucumber and fries.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 Sandwich
Total Fat13g
Saturated Fat7g
Total Carbohydrates75g
Dietary Fiber5g

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