Dish of the Week: The Cuban Sandwich

Mar 31, 2014 Full story: Houston Press 17

From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week.

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Gordon Robinson

Franklin, NJ

#1 Mar 31, 2014
YUMMY!
Gordon Robinson

Franklin, NJ

#2 Mar 31, 2014
The Cuban sandwich is typically pressed on a plancha or a flat grill top, making each side buttery crisp.
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post.
When it come to classic sandwiches, the pressed Cuban sandwich is easily one of the best. Made with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on crusty Cuban bread, the sandwich is a staple in Southern Florida.
That's because (according to some), though the sandwich may have been born in Cuba, it was raised in the States. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cubans frequently traveled back and forth between their country and neighboring South Florida. The primitive form of the sandwich is said to have been developed as a lunch for cigar factory workers in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and later, Key West in the 1860s. In the 1880s, the cigar industry shifted to Ybor City, a culturally diverse neighborhood of Tampa. There, the Cuban, Spanish and Italian influences of the neighborhood morphed the lunch staple into the Cuban sandwich as we know it today. In Tampa, you may even find Genoa salami layered in.
The sandwich is assembled on lightly buttered Cuban bread, then toasted in a sandwich press called a plancha (similar to a panini press but without the ridges). In its best form, it's layered with mojo-marinated roast pork and good-quality ham.
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Gordon Robinson

Franklin, NJ

#3 Mar 31, 2014
Mojo-marinated pork, ham, and Swiss make this sandwich a winner.

This recipe begins with boneless pork shoulder that is marinated in a mix of oregano, cumin, garlic, and soured orange juice before being slow-roasted until it's incredibly luscious and tender.

Cuban Sandwich yields 4 sandwiches, plus extra pork

Ingredients
For the roast pork:
4 lb boneless pork shoulder
8 cloves garlic
2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried red chili flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 lime, juiced
4 bay leaves

For the sandwich:
1 long Cuban loaf or 4 Cuban rolls
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or more for spreading
8 thin slices Swiss cheese
8 thin slices good-quality deli ham
8 thin-medium slices roast pork (ingredients above)
Thin dill pickles or bread and butter pickle slices
Butter, at room temperature
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Gordon Robinson

Franklin, NJ

#4 Mar 31, 2014
Directions

For the roast pork:

Cut small slits all over the meat and use twine to tie together in 3 or 4 places (this is so the pork holds its shape as it cooks). In a food processor, mix the garlic, cumin, oregano, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Pulse in a bit of the orange juice to make a paste and rub all over the meat and into the slits. Place pork into a large sealable plastic bag or container and pour over remaining juices. Add in bay leaf, then seal and refrigerate 3 to 6 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the pork skin-side up in a roasting pan and cook until internal temperature reaches 160 to 170 degrees, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Let cool before slicing.

For the sandwich:

Split the bread in half lengthwise, leaving the inner edge intact. Spread mustard onto one of both sides of the bread, then layer on half the cheese, then the ham, pork, and pickles, followed by the remaining cheese. Close to form a sandwich. If using 1 long loaf, cut into 4 sandwiches.

Preheat flat-topped panini grill, buttering each side of the press. Alternatively, you can butter both sides of the sandwich and use a frying plan and the back of another pan as a press. Place the sandwiches inside the grill and press down, grilling until bread is flattened and golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes.

Serve hot with more pickles.
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Gordon Robinson

Franklin, NJ

#5 Mar 31, 2014
Swiss cheese

Ham

Pork

VERY UNKOSHER!!!

Muhamed cannot eat this!,,,,Allah, the demon would bar him from having 700 virgins!!!
Gordon Robinson

Franklin, NJ

#6 Mar 31, 2014
There, the Cuban, Spanish and Italian influences of the neighborhood morphed the lunch staple into the Cuban sandwich as we know it today. In Tampa, you may even find Genoa salami layered in.

Simply, D E L IC I O U S !

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#7 Mar 31, 2014
Cuban Sandwich is the best,much better,by far, than a stinky Venezuela arepa

Since: Aug 14

Location hidden

#8 Aug 27, 2014
holy moly, so delicious!
Raul

Bucharest, Romania

#9 Aug 27, 2014
WE JUST DONT CARE wrote:
Cuban Sandwich is the best,much better,by far, than a stinky Venezuela arepa
Balsero , como te gusta cuando te meten una arepa de carne por el culo
Raul

Bucharest, Romania

#10 Aug 27, 2014
Gordon Robinson wrote:
Swiss cheese
Ham
Pork
VERY UNKOSHER!!!
Muhamed cannot eat this!,,,,Allah, the demon would bar him from having 700 virgins!!!
Mongolico , el sandwich cubano de verdad no la copia de miami no tiene jamon . Nadamas puerco .

Tu y el otro balsero no saben nada de cuba ni quien uds son .

Son dos hembras sin pais .
Raul

Bucharest, Romania

#11 Aug 27, 2014
Chica , discúlpame . Se me fue la mano y me acabo de enterar que el sandwich cubano si tenia jamon .

Bueno, todavia eres una marico sin pais ni huevos .
Raul

Bucharest, Romania

#12 Aug 27, 2014
WE JUST DONT CARE wrote:
Cuban Sandwich is the best,much better,by far, than a stinky Venezuela arepa
Hablando de los venezolanos . Hace tiempo que no oigo nada de tu amigo joe corallo .

Me parece que ellos estan sacando a los Miami cubanos de poder en doral y pronto por areas de westchester .

Cuidate infeliz
Raul

Bucharest, Romania

#13 Aug 27, 2014
Gordon Robinson wrote:
Directions
For the roast pork:
Cut small slits all over the meat and use twine to tie together in 3 or 4 places (this is so the pork holds its shape as it cooks). In a food processor, mix the garlic, cumin, oregano, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Pulse in a bit of the orange juice to make a paste and rub all over the meat and into the slits. Place pork into a large sealable plastic bag or container and pour over remaining juices. Add in bay leaf, then seal and refrigerate 3 to 6 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the pork skin-side up in a roasting pan and cook until internal temperature reaches 160 to 170 degrees, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Let cool before slicing.
For the sandwich:
Split the bread in half lengthwise, leaving the inner edge intact. Spread mustard onto one of both sides of the bread, then layer on half the cheese, then the ham, pork, and pickles, followed by the remaining cheese. Close to form a sandwich. If using 1 long loaf, cut into 4 sandwiches.
Preheat flat-topped panini grill, buttering each side of the press. Alternatively, you can butter both sides of the sandwich and use a frying plan and the back of another pan as a press. Place the sandwiches inside the grill and press down, grilling until bread is flattened and golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes.
Serve hot with more pickles.
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Me imagino que te gustan los pickles bastante grande y duro , lol.

Que clase de mariposita eres .

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#14 Aug 27, 2014
Raul wrote:
Chica , discúlpame . Se me fue la mano y me acabo de enterar que el sandwich cubano si tenia jamon .
Bueno, todavia eres una marico sin pais ni huevos .
Chica, las arepas y las alcapurrias son las que no llevan jamon.LOL !!!

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#15 Aug 27, 2014
Raul wrote:
<quoted text>
Mongolico , el sandwich cubano de verdad no la copia de miami no tiene jamon . Nadamas puerco .
Tu y el otro balsero no saben nada de cuba ni quien uds son .
Son dos hembras sin pais .
Aunque quieres que creamos que eres Cubano ,siempre la cagas con tus faltas en los pequeños detalles.Que Cubano podria ni siquiera pensar que un sandwhich Cubano no lleve jamon???
LOL. Sigue comiendo alcapurrias y pasteles y callate.....LOL!!!
PAUL SHYKORA arts

Calgary, Canada

#16 Aug 29, 2014
...WOW..Vow...MULTI-Names'...h e is she...LOVE's a good Cubam socialist ...sandwich...wow....eh...si.. sigh..yada u u...thankyou's....
Lord Grandrith

Lebanon, NJ

#17 Aug 29, 2014
no such thing as a good socialist.

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