Main Course,  Mexican/Latin

The Cuban Sandwich

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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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 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


  • Cut Cuban bread to length 6-7 inches, then cut in half lengthwise.
  • Spread mustard on one side and mayonnaise on the other side. Layer the pickle slices, Swiss cheese, ham, and roast pork.
  • Melt butter in grill pan and grill sandwich 4-5 minutes per side, using a bacon press (or equivalent).
  • Cut sandwich in half or into wedges to serve.


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