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Chef John's Cuban Sandwich

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"Here's how I build a Cuban, or Cubano, sandwich. I like to use pulled pork. Carnitas would work too. These ingredients and amounts are open to your own personal preferences, but here's the general idea."
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21 m servings 1473
Original recipe yields 2 servings (2 large sandwiches)


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  1. Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and cayenne together in a bowl to make the sauce. Watch Now
  2. Trim off ends of bread. Cut loaf in half and evenly split bread to make tops and bottoms of 2 sandwiches. Spread each half on both sides generously with the mayo/mustard sauce. Watch Now
  3. Divide sandwich ingredients between the two bottom halves in this order: 2 slices Swiss cheese, 3 slices ham, hot cooked pork, pickle slices, and 2 more slices of Swiss cheese. Place tops on sandwiches. Watch Now
  4. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches in skillet and press down with a heavy weight (such as another skillet or foil-wrapped bricks). Toast sandwiches until bread is crisp and filling is heated through, 3 or 4 minutes per side. Watch Now


Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1473 calories; 85.2 85.4 88.2 287 4077 Full nutrition

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Delicious!! I made my own Cuban bread from your recipe: outstanding bread taste! I am going to do 3 things differently the next time I make this. First: Pat dry the pickle slices. Second: coat ...

Fantastic. I made it with less mustard, but I think it was not enough, so the recipe must be right on. I loved it, and it tasted like it came from a high -end sandwich shop.

Love it! I looking to use left over pork roast- this recipe worked great!

One of the few recipes I've tried and I wouldn't change a thing. I pulled out my old George Foreman grill, and while it took a little longer than the recipe, it was delicious!!!! The cayenne r...

I love this sandwich. I used the pork Chef John suggested and made the Cuban bread. I am so happy!

Absolutely Fabulous Only difference I used Portuguese Rolls

I absolutely love Cuban sandwiches. I could eat this everyday. I think the flavors of this sandwich depend on the quality of the individual ingredients. This will be a regular in my home.

Fabulous! Easy to make and easy to clean up. I used our George Foreman grill and this was a hit!!!

This is the most authentic Cuban Sandwich recipe I have found yet! Didn't change a thing...delicous!!!