Cuban Sandwiches

I cook 30+ competitions a year so I am always looking for new ways to get rid of my leftovers. One of my favorite things to make using pulled pork is a Cuban Sandwich. The salty pork, melted cheese, and crackle of the pressed bread make for a difficult to beat combination. I usually pull out my electric griddle for this operation, but you could just as easily use a pan.

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What you need:

  • Sliced Ham
  • Pulled Pork
  • Mustard
  • Dill Pickles
  • Swiss Cheese Slices
  • French Bread (have a Jimmy Johns near you? Go pick up a day old loaf for 50 cents. It is perfect for the job)
  • Oil or butter
  • Griddle or nonstick pan
  • Heavy cast iron pan or brick wrapped in foil

What you need to do:

Cut your French bread into 8-10 inch pieces and then cut these pieces in half lengthwise. Slather both the top and the bottom with mustard. Pile on the cheese, pulled pork, ham and pickles and place the top over the bottom to make your sandwich.

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Heat your griddle up to 375 degrees or so, generously lay down some oil or butter and plop down your sandwich. Carefully place the heavy pan or brick on top and press down Panini style. Leave the weight there and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown. Grease a different section of the griddle and gently flip your sandwich over being careful not to lose too many goodies. Replace the weight and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the bread should be golden brown and crunchy.

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Slice your sandwich in half with a heavy, sharp knife and chow down!

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