the Cubano ~ Grilled Cuban Sandwich

When you grow up in Miami you know all about 
the Little Havana area and the great Cuban food.
Now I live about 1 hour away, but managed to 
visit the famous Cafe Versailles twice last
month when I needed to go to Miami to 
renew my passport. Now I get my Cubano fix
at home. It’s a great sandwich!

To make an authentic Cubano you need:
Cuban bread
roast pork slices
boiled ham
pickle slices
Swiss cheese
Yellow mustard
and butter.
I always plan on making this sandwich whenever
I make a pork roast. I know there’ll be great
Cubanos the next day. You can maybe leave out
the roast pork if you don’t have any, but change
 too many other ingredients and you won’t have
 a real Cuban.

You’ll have a nice grilled ham and cheese
sandwich instead.

Of course there is only one bread that works
best, and that’s Cuban bread.  Why Cuban bread?
Cuban bread is under baked 
so it’s not ready to eat when you buy it.
 It’s meant to be grilled, toasted or warmed
 in the oven without getting overly browned or
 dried out.  It compresses nicely and gets golden
brown and crunchy when  grilled. Most
 grocery stores carry Cuban bread now. 
If all else fails, use Italian or French.

I had the roast pork slices leftover from 
made earlier and I always plan on making
Cubanos with the leftovers. 

 Lightly toast the buttered bread
and warm the pork slices.

 Start layering. Pork slices,


 Boiled ham,

Swiss cheese,

and Yellow mustard.

 Butter the outside and grill.

It should be thin, hot, crispy, and oozing delicious
 melted cheese.

Golden brown and pressed.

Cut diagonally to serve.

~ Cubanos ~ 
Grilled Cuban Sandwich
Cuban bread
roast pork slices
boiled ham
pickle slices
Swiss cheese
Yellow mustard
and butter.

Using a grill or cast iron skillet heat the pork
slices on one side. Slice the bread 
in half horizontally and butter the cut side. 
Place buttered side down on the grill
 and grill until lightly toasted. Remove the bread 
to a cutting board and lay on the pork, pickles, 
cheese and ham on one side. Slather the yellow 
mustard on the other side and put together.
Butter the top of the bread and place buttered
side down on the grill. Butter the bottom side. 
Close the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes until
heated, browned, and the cheese melts.
Remove to the cutting board and cut
diagonally into long triangles. 

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