Photo by Santiago Gomez de la Fuente

Cuban Sandwich

Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 sandwich
If you're a meat-lover, this iconic Cuban dish is pure sandwich heaven! Its secret? The butter goes on the outside!

I've always heard my grandma talking about the insanely delicious Cuban sandwich her mother used to make for her. So after long searching I finally found my great-grandmother's recipe. When making them, I wasn't all that excited about combining pork, ham and turkey in one sandwich. Especially with Swiss cheese! But was my grandma right. The combination of those three meats with Swiss cheese and pickles is sandwich perfection!

For the most authentic taste, don’t use standard processed cold cuts when making this sandwich. If you do use cold cuts, make sure they are sliced thick.


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  1. Split the loaf and spread with mustard and mayonnaise.
  2. Layer the remaining ingredients and top with the other half of the bread. Lightly butter the OUTSIDE of the bread and wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil.
  3. Place on a skillet over low heat. Squish it with a heavier skillet on top of the wrapped sandwich and keep it there for a minute or two. Flip over and repeat for another minute or two. Unwrap and eat.
  4. Enjoy with shoestring potatoes or the chips of your choice.

Chef Notes

This sandwich is made using Cuban bread. If you can’t find it, substitute a crusty loaf bread such as French or Italian. It is also usually pressed in a sandwich iron. If you don’t have one, you can use a skillet as described.

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