Last week I said I'd share with you a recipe using some of my favorite pork tenderloin. Well here it is: Cuban Sandwiches!
Have you ever had a Cuban sandwich? It's basically pressed/grilled white bread sandwich filled with pork, ham, white cheese, pickles and mustard. It's delicious! I had my first Cuban sandwich on our honeymoon. No, we didn't go to Cuba, we went to Lake Austin Spa & Resort. Oh, it was so peaceful and quiet and romantic. And we ate healthily and very well. Granted it cost a pretty shiny penny, but it was so worth it to lay in hammocks overlooking the lake and hanging out with ducks. We didn't have a care in the world. We went to the spa for a couples massage, took a cooking class and did arts and crafts. Oh, good times...(sigh).
Okay, where was I? YES! Cuban Sandwiches. At the spa we could go into the dining room anytime we wanted or order room service. We chose to eat in the dining room most of the time. Some people even showed up wearing their bath robes and slippers, that's how laid back this place was. One day for lunch we ordered the Cuban and we fell in love. Our lives were forever changed after eating this sandwich. You don't have to go to the spa or even to Cuba, you can make your own at home. And I urge you to make the pork tenderloin I posted last week just so you can make this. I hope you enjoy!
- Baguettes or 6" Sub rolls
- Pork Tenderloin
- Sliced Deli Ham
- Swiss or Provolone Cheese
- Yellow Mustard
- Dill Pickle Slices
- Butter for pan
Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat.
Slice the bread lengthwise and spread the interior with yellow mustard. Top each side of the bread with a slice of cheese.
Top the bottom piece of bread with a slice or two of deli ham, pork tenderloin slices and dill pickles. Sandwich the two pieces of bread together.
Place a tablespoon of butter in pan and spread around pan. Place the sandwich in buttered hot skillet and weigh it down with another skillet. You want to press the sandwich till filling is warmed, cheese is melted and bread is golden. Flip the sandwich over and toast the other side.
Once the bread is your desired shade of golden brown and cheese is melted, place on a cutting board and allow to rest for a couple minutes before cutting in half with a serrated knife.
NOTE: This can also be made in a panini press if you have one.