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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.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
6 mins
21 mins
2 large sandwiches


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and cayenne together in a bowl to make the sauce.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Chef's Note:

To make your own bread, check out Chef John's Cuban Bread recipe.

Nutrition Facts

1473 calories; protein 88.2g; carbohydrates 85.4g; fat 85.2g; cholesterol 287.1mg; sodium 4076.6mg. Full Nutrition