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Cubano Sandwich

These are a delicious weekend lunch or weeknight dinner. The combination of flavors is amazing!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Cubano Sandwich
Servings: 4 large sandwiches
Author: Anna


  • 1 loaf Cuban bread or French bread
  • ½ pound Gruyère cheese or Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 12 slices ham, thin sandwich slices
  • 12 slices roast pork *see note, thin sandwich slices
  • Yellow mustard for spreading
  • Sliced dill pickles, the flavor of the pickle makes a huge difference, be sure to buy good pickles, I used Claussen.
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted


  • Heat your griddle, sandwich press, or a heavy frying pan (cast iron is best), on medium high heat.
  • Cut the loaf of bread in half, cross-wise, then cut each half in half. Then cut each piece lengthwise. You should have 8 pieces of bread to make 4 large sandwiches.
  • Spread Mustard on the cut side of each of the pieces of bread.
  • On the four bottom pieces of bread make a layer of cheese, then a layer of pickles, then pork slices, then ham. Top with another layer of cheese.
  • Put the remaining two pieces of Bread on top
  • Brush the outside of the sandwiches with the melted butter, both top and bottom
  • Cook on your griddle, sandwich press, or in the frying pan. Put another heavy pot on top to weigh the sandwiches down. (I put a can of tomatoes in the top pot for the weight.) Cook until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Flip halfway through. If you are using an electric sandwich griddle, you won't have to flip these.
  • Serve hot and melty!


Gr8 Tip:

If you make a Pork Roast or a Pork Tenderloin, this is a delicious way to use up any leftovers.
If you want to make a Cuban style pork roast, this recipe is delicious.

Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:

I grilled these sandwiches at the last minute, cut them and wrapped them in foil and put them in a thermal container. We then went to the boat and ate them after we were underway, about 45 minutes to an hour after grilling. They were still yummy!
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