Cuban Sandwich takes the typical ham and cheese sandwich and takes it up a few notches with Cuban flare and flavor. Layers of boiled ham and roasted pork sandwiched between crispy grilled bread and some melted gooey Swiss cheese with a bit of zing from dilled pickles. Perfect for that lunchtime meal or a fun family night. Let's make tonight Cuban night!
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Cuban Sandwich brings a classic Cuban poor man's food and brings it to the streets of Florida and Miami. Succulent ham and roasted pork all bundled with Swiss cheese, mustard, and dill pickles and all toasted in a sandwich grill melding these wonderful flavors in a handheld delicious meal.
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Cuba, when I think of this I imagine a hot, colorful, place with passionate music, dancing, and plenty of celebrations with delicious street foods with a little Latin spice. I have never gone to Cuba but have heard many wonderful stories of plentiful beaches, the abundance of sun, and incredible nightlife with amazing dancing and great food. Well, can't go to Cuba at this moment, but we can sure bring a little Cuba to our home and yours.
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I feel quite privileged to be a part of this group. It has always been a passion of mine to learn about culture, people, and of course food. I have always dreamed of having a job traveling the world, being invited into the homes of the people of the world and sharing in the experience of memory, history, and ultimately sharing food. That dream would be even better having Nicoletta with me sharing the vision. That would be a dream come true. However, this experience is the next best thing, we virtually go to destinations around the world and choose what food we want to experience and we share our experience with you. I would have to say, Canada is not short of cultural experiences. I have had plenty of hands-on cultural food experiences from peeling hot boiled potatoes in a Hindu temple, to learning the techniques in Chinese vegetarian cuisine in a Buddhist temple I go to once in a while. I cherish those times and look forward to many more to come.
The Cuban Sandwich
Believe it or not, the Cuban Sandwich has been around since the 1800's and was given to the hungry cigar and sugar mill factory workers. From the late 1800's to the early 1900's non-problematic travel between Cuba and Florida brought thousands of Cubans to the U.S. and with that the cigar industry and hungry factory workers. They first set up in Key West then later moved to Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa. Cafes starting serving those workers Cuban sandwiches and also became popular in other areas such as Miami. Enough history, I am getting hungry!
This Cuban Sandwich is really easy and would be a great way to use up some leftover ham and roasted pork. Yes, that's right, this sandwich is not shy in the meat department and no wonder it was popular with the factory workers, it is quite substantial. So what you will need is some boiled ham, roasted pork tenderloin, Swiss cheese, mustard, some good pickles, and nice crusty torpedo buns. I added a little sriracha sauce just to bring the heat factor in a touch!
The ham, a nice piece with bone-in and into some boiling water to cook. The roasted pork a nice loin dry rubbed then brushed with some mayo and into a hot pan for searing ending in the oven to finish cooking. With that out of the way now it is time to assemble. A nice slathering of mustard and sriracha sauce, then a couple of layers of sliced boiled ham, some more mustard. A layer of pickles, some Swiss cheese, a couple of layers of that succulent pork loin, and a slathering of mustard and sriracha and it is time to cap this Cuban bad boy! To get that cheese melted, we are going to wrap the whole thing in foil wrap and get the panino grill nice and hot, oh wait, I almost forgot, we have to spread butter on the outside of the bread before we wrap it up. This is going to help roast that crust oh so just right! In it goes for a few minutes to get all gooey and crispy, and we are just about ready to eat, yesssssssss!
What a joy to unwrap this sandwich, the bread is perfect, crispy and crunchy. That Swiss cheese is oh so melted and gooey helping hold this bad boy together. There is this wonderful acidic aroma coming from the dill pickle and mustard, and the combination of pork candy wafts in the air with that sweet and savory profile.
I can't stand it anymore I am going in for a bite. Oh, if you only could hear that crunch of that crust of bread, it's amazing. The boiled ham has that sweetness and it's so succulent, moist, and tender. The Swiss cheese is like a rich velvety cream just oozing everywhere, and that mustard sriracha combination is dancing a salsa beat on my tongue. The roasted pork loin just melts in your mouth and all those spices and that crispy outer surface just exudes incredible flavor and texture.
In the end, I just love the totality of this sandwich. It is a perfect lunchtime meal or even better to get the family together for a cultural Cuban night and this amazing Cuban Sandwich!
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Cuban Sandwich takes the typical ham and cheese sandwich and takes it up a few notches with Cuban flare and flavor. Layers of boiled ham and roasted pork sandwiched between crispy grilled bread and some melted gooey swiss cheese with a bit of zing from dilled pickles. Perfect for that lunch time meal or a fun family night. Let's make tonight Cuban night!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 23 minutes
- Total Time: 33 minutes
- Yield: 2-8 inch sandwiches 1x
- Category: Sandwiches
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: Cuban
- 2 8-inch Torpedo sub buns
- 2 tablespoons of yellow prepared mustard
- 1 Tablespoon sriracha mayo
- 250 g boiled ham
- 300 g roasted pork loin
- 2 large dill pickles halved
- 6 thin slices of Swiss cheese
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Slice boiled ham and roasted pork loin into thick slices approx. ¼ inch thick.
- Slice torpedo sub buns in half lengthwise.
- Butter inside of bread and spread mustard and sriracha mayo on both top and bottom buns.
- Layer a couple layers of the roasted pork loin
- Spread some more mustard and place two pickle halves on to.
- Cover this layer with Swiss cheese.
- Add a couple layers of boiled ham and top with bun.
- Spread butter on outside of bun top and bottom, cover with tin foil and set aside. Do the same for the second Cuban sandwich.
- Heat up sandwich grill and place foil wraped sandwiches in to grill, close grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes and take off grill, take off foil, cut and serve.
- You can purchase cooked ham for one of the layers or buy a ham bone in and cook it in boiling water.
- For the pork loin just mix some salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, crushed coriander and rub it all over the pork loin.
- Brush with mayo and place in a med to high skillet to brown. When all sides are browned and seared, place loin in an oven safe dish and into a 375° F oven for 15 -20 minutes.
- When done, take out of oven and let rest for 10 minutes, then slice.
- If you have some leftover ham and pork then use that.
Check out all the wonderful Cuban dishes my fellow Eat the World blogger friends have prepared #eattheworld:
Wendy: Ropa Vieja in Slow Cooker
Camilla: Baked Picadillo Empanadas
Sarah: Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork
Evelyne: Cuban Mojo Pork Chops and Yuca
Bernice: Huevos Habaneros - A Cuban Breakfast
When I am not cooking, I enjoy playing musical instruments, singing, writing. I have learned over the years to live in gratitude and enjoy the moment.