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Cuban Sandwich

Fri July 5th, 2019

Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban sandwich is a different take on the ham and cheese sandwich. It originated around 1831. Made popular by Cuban cigar factory workers in Key West, Florida. In 1886, Cuban exiles and expatriates brought the Cuban sandwich to Tampa (Ybor City). In the 1940's the sandwich became popular in Miami.

Cuban sandwich ingredients include ham, roasted pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and variations of Cuban bread. They Key West version of the Cuban sandwich includes shredded lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. In Tampa, salami is added because there was a large Italian population during the time the sandwich was introduced in Ybor City.


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup mustard
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 (8oz) loaf Cuban bread
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 1 ½ cups pulled pork, heated
  • 1 large dill pickle, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Make sauce by mixing together mayonnaise, mustard and cayenne pepper in a bowl
  2. Trim off ends of bread and cut loaf in half. Cut each half lengthwise so you have 2 tops and 2 bottoms for 2 sandwiches. Spread generously each half on both sides of bread with mayo/mustard sauce
  3. Divide sandwich ingredients between the two bottom halves of bread in this order: 2 slices of Swiss cheese, 3 slices of ham, hot cooked pork, pickle slices, and 2 more slices of Swiss cheese. Place tops on sandwiches
  4. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches in skillet and press down with heavy weight such as another skillet or burger weighted press. If you have panini maker you can press it in that. Toast sandwiches until bread is crisp and filling is heated though to melt cheese (about 3 to 4 minutes on each side)

Recipe source: By Chef John All Recipes .com
Info source: Wikipedia