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The Cuban Sandwich1

The Cuban Sandwich is a classic.  Made with roast pork, Virginia ham, imported Swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard/mayo on Cuban bread….then grilled into amazing.

The Cuban Sandwich

Recipe inspiration.  I walked into Publix Supermarket this afternoon starving (first rule of thumb, never grocery shop when you’re hungry).  I turned right to start my route.  Do you have a grocery store route/routine?  I always turn right first, my mom always turned left.  Anyway, I turned right and there she was.  The deli counter lady holding a plate full of Cuban Sandwich samples.  I believe that four-bite sample saved us $100 in unnecessary groceries.  Instead I picked up the makings for Cuban Sandwiches and headed home.  Note: our other local grocery store chain had Boston Butt Pork Roasts on sale for dirt cheap.  We cooked a 9lb. roast last night, most of which was waiting at home to be sliced for this fabulous sandwich.

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It didn’t take but a few minutes to layer the ingredients and get this bad boy into the grill pan.  In our case that would be a cast iron skillet and a bacon press.  If you have a sandwich maker or Panini press those would work great as well.

I love sandwiches and it seemed my collection of Burgers & Sandwiches would not be complete without the classic Cuban Sandwich.

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The Cuban Sandwich from Lemony Thyme

The Cuban Sandwich
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Serves: 1-2
  • 1 loaf Cuban bread (French or Italian sub rolls work well too)
  • 2-3 ounces sliced Virginia ham (3-4 slices)
  • 2-3 ounces sliced roast pork
  • 3 slices imported Swiss cheese
  • 1 large dill pickle, cut into slices lengthwise
  • 1 Tbl. mustard
  • 1 Tbl. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbl. butter, for grilling
  1. Cut Cuban bread to length 6-7 inches, then cut in half lengthwise.
  2. Spread mustard on one side and mayonnaise on the other side. Layer the pickle slices, Swiss cheese, ham, and roast pork.
  3. Melt butter in grill pan and grill sandwich 4-5 minutes per side, using a bacon press (or equivalent).
  4. Cut sandwich in half or into wedges to serve.


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