Authentic Cuban Sandwiches

Cuban pork roast calls for Cuban sandwiches?  Of course that’s really the only reason why I made my Crockpot Cuban pork roast the other day – which can conveniently be found here:

Cuban sandwiches are an easy recipe – they don’t take much in the way of active cooking time, but it does take a little thought in deciding when you are going to have it and starting the marinade for the pork roast the day before.  So I guess you could really say these Cuban sandwiches are a 2 day affair.  Meaning you need to know at least the day before you want to have it so you can start marinading your Cuban pork roast.  Then slow-cook the pork roast all day and when you are ready to eat – just assemble these sandwiches, press them on the panini press and enjoy!

KB and I love to experiment with different foods.  I first made him Cuban sandwiches a few years ago when he decided it was something he was craving and we didn’t know where to go in Seattle.  I’m sure we could’ve found a great place, but let’s face it, some of our best food experiences take place in the comfort of our own kitchen.   We happen to own a panini press – which makes these easy, but you could also press the sandwich between two skillets and flip it over and have the same effect.  The point is that Cuban sandwiches are toasted and pressed flat.  Delux.

So the other day we were talking about the fact that we haven’t had homemade Cuban sandwiches in a while, so I hopped to making my Cuban pork roast and then these Cuban sandwiches.  There’s nothing better than a crusty, gooey, mustardy, Cuban sandwich – I guarantee once you see how easy this is, you’ll think twice about going out!

Start with your rolls – use any type of bread that is a little bit crusty.  It needs to stand up to the heat and the butter on the panini press.


Spread with mustard.


Add your cheese.  I put cheese on both sides of the bread.  Then top one side with ham.


Pickles on top of the ham and then pork on the other side of the sandwich.


Close it up – butter it.


Make sure to butter top and bottom.


Panini press-it.


And enjoy!


Nothing better…


1 recipe Cuban pork roast –
4 crusty sandwich rolls – I think I found some ciabatta rolls that worked rather well
8 slices swiss cheese
4 slices ham
8 slices pickles – I used bread and butter sandwich pickles
yellow mustard

Spread the mustard on both sides of the roll.  Place 1 slice of cheese on each side on top of the mustard.  When the sandwich is pressed – this will melt and glue the sandwich together.  Place ham and pickle on one side and Cuban pork roast – shredded or sliced on the other side.  Close the sandwich.  Butter both sides and cook on panini press for about 7 minutes – or until the outside is golden brown and the cheese is melted.  Cut in half and enjoy!