Living in South Florida has certainly exposed me to more foods than living in the small town in the Midwest. One of the things that surprisingly enough I love, is the pork sandwich, Cuban style, or, Cubanos. These have things that I normally do NOT care for in eating, such as mustard and pickles (bleck) but I can, and do eat them in a Cubano without a second thought. That says a lot, trust me!
This is a great way to use up leftover pork … but in my case, I almost always make sure I have extras so I can make Cubanos … and using a Panini press that I got dirt cheap is even better! (I gave the one from Aldi’s to the Boy when he went away to college … shortly after, Costco had one pretty cheap)
Loaf of cuban bread (or French – I used this, italian, whatever hearty stuff you have)
cooked pork. sliced thin
cooked ham, sliced thin
pickles, sliced thin (I used hot and spicy dills)
swiss cheese (or any other cheese you have on hand)
Such humble beginnings to create a great sandwich!
Cut bread in half and then open up long ways. Lay flat and butter the outside of bread.
For easier loading up, I layer (on a plate) a slice of cheese, a few slices of ham, some pork, more cheese and then pickles. That way, when you set the bottom piece of bread on the pan (buttered side down), squirt some mustard on the bread, set your pre-stacked meat on, and then add the top piece of bread (butter side up). Just makes it so much easier, in my opinion.
Stacked and ready to put on bread
IF pressing (which you should), close lid, carefully as everything can (and will) spit out the sides! Cook til cheese is melting and the bread has a nice firm toasty-ness to it.
Slice in half on the diagonal, stand back and admire and then serve.
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