After seeing the new Jon Favreau movie – “Chef”, I felt inspired to make a Cuban Sandwich or a Cubano. The movie depicts a chef getting fired from a fine dining restaurant and following his dream to create ethic Cuban food on a food truck. The movie is hysterical and touching all at the same time and it reminds me why I changed careers and started following my heart.
Cuban Sandwiches were originally a variety of ham and cheeses made for immigrant Cuban workers. These sandwiches often contained sliced roast pork or pulled pork as we are familiar with today. It is a very simple sandwich to make and delicious to sink your teeth into – we definitely need to make more Cubanos!
1/2 pound of roast pork
1/2 pound sliced ham
1/2 pound swiss cheese
sliced dill pickles
1. Heat a panini press or iron skillet on high. Slice rolls and slather with yellow mustard.
2. Next, slice the pork into thin layers and place it onto the roll.
3. Layer the ham and pickles on top of the pork.
4. Next, add the Swiss cheese on top.
5. Top the sandwich with the other bun and butter outside of bread. Place the cubano inside the sandwich press or put it in the iron skillet and top with a heavy oven safe object to press.
6. Remove from the press when the sandwich is lightly toasted and cheese is melted. Enjoy!
And now I’m going to Versaille on Venice Boulevard to get a Cuban!