The historic Cuban sandwich is Tampa's signature sandwich. Typically, the sandwich is pressed until the crusty bread is warm and the ingredients meld, but we'll compromise with a warm hand pie approach where you'll have all the traditional Cuban sandwich flavors.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 hand pies
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Remove dough from the can and roll out into a 9x16-inch rectangle. Cut into 4 equal rectangles.

  • Place 1 rectangle horizontally on a work surface. Brush mustard over the surface, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese, and 2 pickle chips, in that order, on the left side of the rectangle. Leave the border and right side of the dough exposed.

  • Whisk egg and milk together to make an egg wash. Brush around the border. Fold the right side over the filling and press to seal; crimp the edges with a fork. Cut a few small slits in the top of the hand pie to vent. Brush some egg wash over the top.

  • Repeat with remaining dough, mustard, filling, and egg wash. Arrange hand pies on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until crisp and golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Cover with foil if starting to brown too quickly. Remove pies to a rack to cool for 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Use mojo-marinated pork if possible, but it's not necessary.

Tampa at one time was renown for its high-quality cigars, its warm, humid climate perfect for cigar-making. The Cuban sandwich originated in the mid 1800s as a lunch filling enough for the cigar factory workers, but not so heavy that they'd fall asleep in the afternoon. The cigar factories are mostly gone, but the sandwich lives on. Miami tries to claim this sandwich as its own, but Tampa had it long before Miami!

Nutrition Facts

574 calories; protein 32.1g 64% DV; carbohydrates 25.1g 8% DV; fat 37.1g 57% DV; cholesterol 132.9mg 44% DV; sodium 1677mg 67% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2019
Pretty bland. Crescents were very hard to work with. Think I will try refrigerated pizza dough next time and more mustard. Just so so Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2019
Pretty bland. Crescents were very hard to work with. Think I will try refrigerated pizza dough next time and more mustard. Just so so Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2019
Correct! The sandwich originated in Tampa, not Miami. That’s a historical fact. Importantly, what makes a Cuban sandwich a true Cuban sandwich is not just the correct filling ingredients. It’s those ingredients on AUTHENTIC CUBAN BREAD. Not French Bread, Italian, or anything else. If the bread isn’t authentic Cuban, it’s not a Cuban sandwich. Additionally, the so-called store brand “Cuban” bread is not authentic - too doughy. I’m a Tampa native who relishes the local history and traditions. Read More
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