Tasty Tuesday: Cuban Sandwich

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 How to Make a Cuban Sandwich

How to Make a Cuban Sandwich

If you have ever been to Tampa, FL you may be familiar with the Cuban sandwich. My husband grew up in Tampa and so is a huge fan. Unfortunately, you will be hard-pressed to find a good Cuban sandwich anywhere else. Unless, of course, you make it yourself.

It’s not really a Cuban sandwich unless it is made with Cuban bread. The closest thing would be French bread, but it’s not quite the same. You can take the easier option and just buy a French loaf, or you can make your own Cuban bread.

Another thing you may have to make yourself is the Spanish pork. I used this recipe, since it’s the closest I could find. I’m not sure what you would use as an alternative.

What you need:

Cuban bread

Spanish pork

ham (we used black forest)

Genoa salami

swiss cheese

 sliced tomatoes

mustard and mayo

1-2 TBSP melted butter or butter spray

Cut the bread in half, and then cut the halves in half lengthways, sort of like a sub sandwich.

Cuban sandwich bread

Assemble your sandwich with a layer of everything except the mustard/mayo and butter.


Many people also like their Cuban sandwiches pressed. Since we don’t have a sandwich press, I use 2 cast iron skillets, one a little bigger than the other. I nest the smaller one in the bigger one on the burner on medium-high heat while I assemble the sandwich.

Get a piece of foil large enough to wrap around the sandwich and brush melted butter on the top and bottom of the sandwich and wrap it in the foil. Place the wrapped sandwich in the larger skillet and press the smaller one on top. Press it as hard as you can and allow to sit about a minute.


Remove it from the pan and it’s ready. Add mustard and mayonnaise if you like. Repeat with any other sandwiches.

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