The Cuban Sandwich (a.k.a. The Cubano) is a staple in South Florida. Try this fun slider-style twist on the traditional Cuban Sandwich which makes it perfect to serve at a party.
Cuban Sandwich Slider Recipe
recipe adapted from Southern Living
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1, 12-oz package of King’s Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- 4 oz. deli ham, thinly sliced
- 4 oz. deli roasted pork, thinly sliced
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
- 3 tablespoons mustard
1. Preheat oven to 400º.
2. Spread olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven to heat.
3. Remove rolls from the package and do not separate. Slice in half horizontally so you have 1 big top and 1 big bottom.
4. Spread the mustard on the bottom.
4. Next, layer the ham, pork, Swiss cheese and chopped pickles.
5. Add the top of the rolls to create a giant sandwich.
6. Remove the hot pan from the oven and carefully place the sandwich in the pan. Place a cast iron skillet on top of the sandwich. This will result in a crispy, pressed sandwich.
7. Bake at 400º for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.
8. Cut into 12 sliders and serve.
In Downtown West Palm Beach, you can enjoy a two interesting versions of the classic Cuban sandwich. The Blind Monk serves a very sophisticated version – the Cubano Curado made with the very best cured meats and an award-winning cheese.
Another crazy version of the Cuban Sandwich is served at The Alchemist Gastropub – the Cuban Cigar. Expect all the flavors of the Cuban Sandwich rolled up like an egg roll and served in a vintage Cuban ashtray! This clever presentation pays homage to the history of the sandwich which originated in Cuba where it was simply called “the sandwich.” Obviously, there was no need to call it the Cuban Sandwich in Cuba.
In the late 1800’s when Cuban cigar factories began moving to South Florida, their workers wanted the sandwich, and they began calling it the Cuban Sandwich to differentiate it from an American Sandwich. And now you know how the Cuban Sandwich got its name!
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