The Quintessential Cuban Sandwich Recipe

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The Quintessential Cuban Sandwich Recipe

A good Cuban sandwich recipe is a favorite for many. The best part is pressing it down to get an even crust and perfectly melted cheese.

How To Make The Quintessential Cuban Sandwich

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins


  • 1 loaf crusty bread, like a baguette
  • 4 tbsp mustard
  • 2 large deli pickles, sliced thinly
  • 4 slices baby Swiss cheese
  • 12 slices ham, of choice
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups pork, cooked, shredded or sliced


  1. Slice the bread into 4 pieces and cut each piece in half horizontally without going all the way through.

  2. Spread 1 tbsp of mustard on the bottom of each sandwich. Layer an equal amount of deli pickles on top of the mustard.

  3. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of the pickles. Place 3 slices of ham on top of the cheese for each sandwich.

  4. Top the cheese with pork. Spread about 1 tbsp butter on the top half of the sandwich and close the sandwich up. 

  5. Heat a cast-iron skillet or panini press and put the sandwiches in. If using a cast-iron skillet, place the sandwiches in and use a heavy object to evenly weigh down the sandwiches.

  6. After about 5 minutes, the bread should be crusty and the cheese will be melted.

  7. Slice the sandwiches on a diagonal and serve with some french fries and extra mustard. 


  • Sugar: 3g
  • :
  • Calcium: 243mg
  • Calories: 1296kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 59g
  • Cholesterol: 269mg
  • Fat: 83g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 7mg
  • Potassium: 1111mg
  • Protein: 75g
  • Saturated Fat: 35g
  • Sodium: 2131mg
  • Vitamin A: 572IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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