Tasty Thursday - Cuban Sandwich

This is a recipe that my husband doesn't care for, but my girls do.  So, when is the best time to make them?  When he is travelling for work!  Everyone is happy then.

I also plan ahead when I make these.  A key ingedient is pork roast.  Sounds like an awful lot of work to make a pork roast for a sandwich.  I make a pork roast for dinner one night, then several days later, use the leftovers for the sandwich.  Great way to use up those leftovers!

If you can't find the Cuban bread, substitute for another loaf bread or even rolls.  I've done ciabatta rolls and those are pretty good.  Definately avoid a heavy roll or bread.  You can totally personalize each sandwich too.  Adjust any ingredient to your preference.  

Unfortunately, I don't have a sandwich press or a panini press.  I improvise and press a heavy pot over the sandwich while cooking.  Mine aren't as flat as the picture, but it gets the job done.  I do suppose something like a George Foreman grill would work too.

Grilled Cuban Sandwiches

1 loaf Cuban bread sliced lengthwise, or individual rolls works too.

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened

3 Tablespoon yellow mustard, or to taste

1 1/2 pounds boiled ham, sliced

1 1/2 pounds roasted pork, sliced

1 pound Swiss cheese, sliced

1 cup dill pickle-chips or to taste.

Spread the butter on one saide of the bread and a thin layer of mustard on the other.  Place 1-2 layers of ham, pork, cheese, and finally, pickles on the buttered bread and top with the mustard side of the bread.

Butter the outside of the bread or rolls.   Place on a hot fry pan and press the sandwich down with the press or some other weight.  Leave for a few minutes, flip over and repeat.   Remove from heat, cut in half.  Enjoy while it's still hot.

I found the recipe on http://www.seriouseats.com.  I altered the recipe because I don't have the sandwich press but if you are interested in that part, here is the link.   

Now that I posted this recipe, I'm hungry for one.  My husband is travelling in a few weeks, so I may have to make this.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper