The Cuban sandwich is a variation of the classic ham and cheese sandwich. It originated in Florida between the late 1800's and early 1900's (most commonly Tampa and Key West.) By the 1960's Cuban sandwiches were commonly found in Miami cafeterias and has since spread nationwide. While these classic sandwiches contain very few ingredients, they pack a punch of flavor like no other sandwich out there.
Having never tasted a Cuban sandwich before, I decided to give it a try and went with the recipe that I found at www.nutmegnanny.com The recipe calls for a Panini press (which I do not have) so I made mine with a slight variation, frying them in a skillet with melted butter (as I do with my Reuben sandwiches.)
The recipe for this dish is as follows:
- 4 large slices of crusty bread
- 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard
- 8 thin slices of Swiss cheese
- 8 thick slices of roasted pork
- 8 think slices of smoked ham
- 4 large pickle slices
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Preheat Panini press to a medium heat.
- Spread mustard evenly on each slice of bread.
- Add two slices of Swiss cheese to two slices of bread.
- Top each sandwich with desired about of pork and smoked ham.
- Add pickle and put sandwich together.
- Top sandwich with melted butter.
- Cook for fifteen minutes.
As previously stated, I do not own a Panini press therefore I fried the sandwich on each side until golden brown. These sandwiches were delicious! Each element adds a new dimension of flavor and texture that is lip-smacking good. Tip: If you do not have pickle slices, you can substitute bread and butter pickles.
Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this dish at the following locations:
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
1020 41st Street
Baltimore, MD 21211