The Cuban Sandwich

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Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 loaf Cuban bread (if you can’t find Cuban bread substitute French bread)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ham
  • 1 pound Cuban pork (lechón asado)
  • 1/2 pound Swiss cheese
  • 15 slices dill pickles

Directions

  1. Preheat a pancake griddle or large fry pan to medium hot.
  2. Cut the bread into sections about 8 inches long. Cut these in half and generously spread butter on both halves (inside.)
  3. Make each Cuban sandwich (Cubano) with the ingredients in this order: pickles, roasted pork, ham, and cheese. Be generous!
  4. Spread a little butter on the hot griddle or fry pan and place the Cubano sandwich on the pan. Use a heavy skillet, bacon press, or foil-wrapped brick to flatten the sandwich. (You really want to smash the Cubano sandwich, compressing the bread to about 1/3 its original size!) We use the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Grill Press Click Here
  5. Grill the sandwiches for two to three minutes then flip them over to toast the other side. Once the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown on both sides, the Cubano sandwiches are done.
  6. Make sure your griddle or fry pan is not TOO HOT! Otherwise, the crust will burn before the cheese melts.
  7. Slice the sandwich diagonally in half and serve.

Makes 4 sandwiches

Serve with a fresh Jicama slaw

NOTE: Most people use a sweet cured ham (jamón dulce) or bolo ham for Cuban sandwiches (Cubanos). If you can find these hams in your area, great. Otherwise, look for a slightly sweet, soft textured ham with a mild taste. You don’t want the flavor of the ham to overpower the rest of the ingredients! Also, never use shaved ham or pork in a Cubano sandwich!

 

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