Cuban Sandwiches Recipe

Jessica
Jessica Published April 8, 2020

The marinated pork in these amazing sandwiches has a special spice rub and can be prepared in the crockpot or in the oven.

How To Make Cuban Sandwiches

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Ingredients

  • 6 long sandwich rolls or hoagie rolls split in half
  • 12 thin slices smoked ham
  • 18 thin slices swiss cheese
  • 12 thin slices kosher dill pickles sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce processed until smooth

For Cuban Roast Pork:

  • 8 lb pork loin or shoulder boned
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or grapefruit juice
  • 1 large green bell pepper coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion coarsely chopped

For Spice Rub for Pork:

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp thyme, dried crushed
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ground

Instructions

  • Mix together spice rub ingredients, rub over pork, and set aside.
  • Combine lime and orange juices with water or wine and add the chopped onion and pepper. If you want, you can marinade pork in this mixture overnight or you can pour the mixture over the pork in a roasting pan or slow cooker and cover and cook immediately. 
  • If cooking in a slow cooker, cook on low for 8-10 hours or overnight. Cool in juices.
  • Transfer to cutting board and discard fat. Slice or shred the pork, as desired. (Pork can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for 3 days.) 
  • Strain the pan juices into a glass measure and skim off the fat. Can then use over the pork on the sandwiches.If cooking in oven, place pork in Dutch oven or roasting pan on a roasting rack and pour over ingredients. 
  • Cover and roast in 350 degree oven for 3-4 hours or until roast is nice and tender. Cool in juices. 
  • Transfer to cutting board and discard fat. Slice or shred the pork, as desired. (Pork can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for 3 days.) 
  • Strain the pan juices into a glass measure and skim off the fat. Can then use over the pork on the sandwiches.

To Assemble Cuban Sandwich: 

  • Process chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and add chipotle paste that results into the mayonnaise, one Tbs. at a time, until desired taste. (Chipotle Peppers are smoked jalapeno peppers --- these will be hot, so add to desired heat.) 
  • Spread Chipotle Mayonnaise on both cut sides of roll. Add slices of Swiss cheese, then slices of smoked ham, the slices of dill pickle, then shredded pork (adding some pan juices if desired). 
  • Top with roll half. Assemble all sandwiches.
  • Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium high. Place Cuban Sandwiches on grill. Top with cookie sheet and weigh down with heavy skillet or weighted cans. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium high. Place Cuban Sandwiches on grill. Top with cookie sheet and weigh down with heavy skillet or weighted cans.
  • Slice in half and serve. (You can also use an electric sandwich grill press if you have one.) Serve these sandwiches with plantain chips or your favorite chips or a salad.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 1286mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1191IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Jessica

Jessica

A food blogger with a strong passion for all thing delicious. Being able to take a simple ingredient and transform it into something complex and delectable brings me joy. It is my mission to show you how to do the same with the simple ingredients that you have on hand. Learn how to make restaurant-worthy meals, on a budget, and right at home!

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