A Cuban Sandwich is a variation of the ever-popular grilled ham and cheese sandwich. The Cuban sandwich a.k.a a “Cubano” originated in Cuban immigrant communities in Florida and was later brought to Miami by Cuban exiles and expatriates. It is made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and sometimes (depending on the region serving it) salami on Cuban bread.
1 loaf Cuban bread (French or Italian bread can be substituted)
1 pound ham (cooked, sliced)
1 pound pork (roasted, sliced)
1/2 pound Swiss cheese (sliced)
6 dill pickles (sliced)
2 tablespoons butter (or cooking spray)
The Fun Parts
Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
Cut the loaf of bread into quarters and slice each quarter in half horizontally for the sandwiches.
Spread the mustard or mayonnaise on the bread. Then make each sandwich by layering the roasted ham, pork, cheese, and dill pickles.
Lightly coat the cooking surface of the griddle or frying pan with cooking spray or butter. Place one sandwich on the hot surface. Put a clean, heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to flatten it. Press the bread down to about 1/3 of its original size. (A panini press works too)
Leave the skillet on top of the sandwich and grill for 1 or 2 minutes. Lift the heavy skillet, turn the sandwich over and repeat this step for the other side of the sandwich.
The cheese should be melted and the bread golden brown. Slice each sandwich in half diagonally and serve.