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28 October 2020

This Cuban sandwich recipe is the ultimate pork sandwich made with marinated roast pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and pickles. One of my favorites! Here is my homemade version.

We’re cooking up homemade Cuban Sandwiches in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen tonight, my friends. Would you care for one? If you’ve never tried a Cuban sandwich, you are about to jump for joy.

This is one of our favorite recipes, for both me and Patty. We fell in love with them during our stays in Florida. It’s really hard to beat a sandwich that’s layered up with thick slices of ham, loads of slow roasted pork (yes, two types of pork!), held together with melty Swiss cheese and slathered in butter, yellow mustard and topped with crunchy dill pickles.

It’s a classic sandwich, really, incredibly popular in Florida but also all over the United States. This one needs to go into your recipe box, my friends. It’s perfect for leftover pork shoulder or pulled pork.

Let’s discuss!

Slices Cuban Sandwiches on a plate

What is a Cuban Sandwich?

The Cuban sandwich is popular American sandwich made with two types of pork (ham and roast pork), Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, sliced pickles and sometimes salami, depending on your location, all served up on pressed Cuban bread.

It’s origins trace back to Florida where it was enjoyed by Cuban workers in Tampa and Key West. It eventually spread in popularity, no doubt due to its wonderful flavor, spawning a friendly rivalry between Tampa and Miami, with Tampa including salami and Miami omitting it.

Let’s talk about how we make a Cubano, or Cuban Sandwich, shall we?

Cuban Sandwiches on a plate with lots of pulled pork, ham, pickles and mustard

Cuban Sandwich Ingredients

  • Cuban Bread. Use 1 loaf Cuban bread. Use French bread or Italian bread as a substitute.
  • Butter. I use 4 tablespoons butter, though you can use more. This is fairly butter sandwich. You can also use olive oil instead.
  • Yellow Mustard. Use 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, though you can easily include more. 
  • Roast Pork. Use 1 pound roast pork. Use your favorite recipe, or use this Pernil Recipe (Puerto Rican Roast Pork). You can also use Pulled Pork or sliced and cooked pork tenderloin.
  • Sliced Ham. Use 1 pound sliced ham. Glazed ham is great, or you can use your favorite thinly sliced deli ham.
  • Swiss Cheese. Use 4 ounces Swiss cheese, or more if you want more melty cheese flavor.
  • Sliced Dill Pickles. Use 4 ounces sliced dill pickles, or as many as you can fit on top of the sandwich. You can add as many as you’d like.

Mike holding a Cuban Sandwich

How to Make a Cuban Sandwich – the Recipe Method

The Bread. Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Butter the bottom half with 2 tablespoon softened butter. Spread the mustard on the top piece of bread.

Layer It Up! Layer the sandwich with roast pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. Top the Cubano with the top bread slice.

Layering up a Cuban Sandwich

Butter, Grill and Press. Slather the remaining butter over both sides of the sandwich. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Grill the Cuban sandwich for a5-6 minutes per side, pressing it down very firmly with a cast iron skillet on top or spatula to “press” it tightly, until golden brown and bread is nice and crispy. You can also use a sandwich or panini press for this.

NOTE: Aluminum Foil Option. Some people like to wrap their Cuban sandwiches in aluminum foil first before grilling and pressing, which can help with cleanup. I’ve done this several times and it works great, though it can get a bit messy if cheese and other ingredients leak out. Let me know if you prefer the wrapped sandwich option.

Serve and Enjoy! Remove, slice and serve.

Cuban Sandwich ready to serve

Boom! Done! Your Cuban Sandwiches are ready to enjoy! What do you think? Pretty amazing, aren’t they? A seemingly simple recipe with simple ingredients that is HUGE on flavor. That’s perfect in my book.

I love this recipe.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Bread. Cuban bread is tradition for Cuban sandwiches. It’s very much like French bread or Italian bread, though differs in the use of lard or shortening, and in how they are baked.
  • The Roast Pork. Slow roasted pork is most commonly used, particularly Pernil, which is a roast pork recipe popular in Latin American cuisine. You can also use leftover pulled pork or sliced pork tenderloin or pork shoulder that’s been seasoned and grilled.
  • The Ham. Use your favorite ham. Glazed ham is popular, though smoked ham is great. I usually get something from the deli and have them slice it thick for me.
  • The Mustard. Yellow mustard is traditional. You can use other mustards, but a truly authentic Cuban sandwich uses yellow mustard only. Try it with my homemade yellow mustard recipe.
  • The Pickles. My favorite are bread and butter pickles. They have a nice sweetness and a touch of spice. It’s also great with hot pickles, for my spicy food lovers.
  • Recipe Variations. Salami is often included in the Tampa version of the sandwich, though not in Miami. The choice is yours. Which do you prefer? Salami or no?

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this homemade Cuban Sandwich recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. I think you’ll love this one. So good!

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Mike grabbing a Cuban sandwich from the plate

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Cuban Sandwich Recipe

This Cuban sandwich recipe is the ultimate pork sandwich made with marinated roast pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and pickles. One of my favorites! Here is my homemade version.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cuban
Keyword: ham, pork shoulder, pulled pork, sandwich
Servings: 6
Calories: 621kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Cuban bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard or to taste
  • 1 pound roast pork Use my Pernil Recipe for this, or use Pulled Pork or pork tenderloin
  • 1 pound sliced ham glazed ham is great, or your favorite deli ham
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese or more to your preference
  • 4 ounces sliced dill pickles or to taste

Instructions

  • Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Butter the bottom half with 2 tablespoon softened butter. Spread the mustard on the top half.
  • Layer the sandwich with roast pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. Top the Cubano with the top bread slice.
  • Slather the remaining butter over both sides of the sandwich.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill the Cuban sandwich for 5-6 minutes per side, pressing it down very firmly with another pan or spatula to "press" it tightly, until warmed through and bread is nice and crispy.
  • Remove, slice and serve.

Notes

This recipe can serve 4 very hungry people, or 6-8 smaller sandwiches.
Grilling Note: You can also use a panini press to make this sandwich.

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 1601mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 4mg
Cuban Sandwich Recipe (Cubano Sandwich)

8 comments

  1. Chloe Mayfield

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried this yet but am going to soon. I’ve made red curry using your recipe, and it was so good! Definitely one of my go-tos!

  2. I think I know what is for dinner tonight! Also, side note, continue to work on the last harvest of chile peppers. Trying fermentation for the first time! Love your site!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Laurie! Enjoy, and good luck with the harvest!

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