Traditional Cuban Sandwich

by Laura on August 19, 2015

in Recipes, Sandwiches

The real thing, enjoyed in Vinales, Cuba (2015)

You don’t have to travel further than your kitchen to enjoy the taste of a traditional Cuban sandwich. Perfect for lunch, afternoon snack or a simple dinner, be sure to make using Cuban bread, it’s crisp crust and lightly textured insides are what help make this sandwich tasty! This recipe from epicurious makes me feel as if I’m back in Miami — or, Havana!

  • 1 loaf Cuban bread, sliced lengthwise
  • ½ stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp yellow mustard, or to taste
  • 1-1/2 lbs boiled ham, sliced
  • 1-1/2 lbs roasted pork, sliced
  • 1 lb Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup dill pickle chips, or to taste

Assemble the sandwich
Spread 2 tablespoons of the butter on one half of the bread loaf and a thin layer of mustard on the other. Place 1 to 2 layers of ham, pork, cheese, and, finally, pickles on the buttered bread and top with the mustard-spread bread.

Wrap the sandwich in foil
Smear the remaining butter all over the outside of the sandwich and wrap it completely in aluminum foil.

Press and grill the sandwich
Heat your grill to high (550°F) and close the lid. Wait at least 15 minutes before lowering the heat to medium-high (450°F) and continuing.

Before grilling the sandwich, press down on it with your hands to flatten it. Place the wrapped, flattened sandwich on the grill and top with a brick, grill press, or any other heavy, heat-resistant object. Close the lid and grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Remove the wrapped sandwich from the grill and take off the foil. Return the sandwich to the grill and grill for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until both pieces of bread are crispy and golden brown.

Slice and serve
Remove the sandwich from the grill and cut at an angle into small sandwich wedges (triangles). Place on a large platter and serve while still hot.

Source: epicurious

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