Grilled Cubano

The key to a good Cubano is the bread. If you don’t live near a Cuban bakery, or otherwise cannot find a good quality Pan Cubano (bread), use a soft French style roll – crust of a harder roll will get in the way of grilling and pressing the sandwich. My recipe is not an authentic Cubano, as it does not use mojo-marinated pork shoulder, but this version is easier to make and still delivers the flavor. Smoked turkey is a good stand in and makes for a lighter sandwich that you can enjoy any day of the week.

Grilled Cubano

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
The key to a good Cubano is the bread. If you don't live near a Cuban bakery, or otherwise cannot find a good quality Pan Cubano (bread), use a soft French style roll – crust of a harder roll will get in the way of grilling and pressing the sandwich. My recipe is not an authentic Cubano, as it does not use mojo-marinated pork shoulder, but this version is easier to make and still delivers the flavor. Smoked turkey is a good stand in and makes for a lighter sandwich that you can enjoy any day of the week.
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Servings 1 sandwich

Ingredients
 

  • 1 eight inch Cuban bread roll, or a very soft French style roll
  • 3 thin slices ham
  • 3 thin slices smoked turkey
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 4-5 long thinly sliced pickles
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise

Instructions
 

  • Heat your grill or grill pan to medium.
  • Split the bread lengthwise and place it cut side up on your work surface. Spread the mustard on one side, then lay the cheese slices on both halves of the bread. Lay the ham and turkey, slightly crumpled and overlapping, on the half without the mustard. Top with the pickle slices, then close the sandwich.
  • Rub one teaspoon of the mayonnaise on the top of the roll, then place on your grill, mayo side down. Rub the other teaspoon of mayo on the side facing up. Grill for 2-3 minutes, adjusting the heat if it is too high. Press down on the sandwich with a sturdy spatula, then flip the sandwich, and grill for another 2-3 minutes on that side, again pressing to flatten.
  • Remove to a cutting board, cut in half and serve.
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