Cuban Sandwich

This series would not be complete without this sandwich as this is the mostly suggested dish when people ask for recipes that uses left over pork roast.

Cuban sandwich basically is a popular variation of the ham and cheese sandwich, it was created for early Cuban migrants in Florida as well as Cuban cigar factory and sugar mill workers in Cuba during the late 1800s. Later salami started to show in this sandwich due to influence of Italian immigrants in Florida.

Also called as the “Cuban mix”, “mixto” or “Cubano” this sandwich is made out of roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard over a Cuban bread then pressed and heated in a sandwich press called plancha.


1 loaf Cuban Bread or any long bread like baguette
6-8 slices glazed ham
6-8 slices roasted pork
3-4 slices Swiss cheese
2 pcs pickles, thinly sliced
Yellow mustard


1. Slice long bread lengthwise and spread mustard on one side and mayonnaise on the other side.
2. Fill middle with layers of pickles, roasted pork, glazed ham and Swiss cheese.
3. Prepare a lightly greased griddle, heat griddle and place sandwich. Using a clean heavy skillet place it on top of sandwich to press it while heating, press bread until its half of its thickness. Heat one side in medium heat for 3 minutes then do the same process for the other side.
4. Slice into 4 portions then serve.



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21 thoughts on “Cuban Sandwich

  1. Cuban sandwich is probably my go-to sandwich for pork leftovers after coming to the US. What a delicious combination of flavors! But I confess seeing this yummy sandwich has made me think of something else I’m now craving for: a “serranito” (pork, serrano ham and fried cubanelle peppers sandwich).

  2. I had my first cuban this year and feel in love with sandwiches! I’m not much of a sandwich eater, but this one is delicious. thanks for sharing the recipe! Now I know how to make it.

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