Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cuban Sandwiches






Now that you've made that delicious, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth and super easy mojo pork, you're probably wondering what do with the copies amounts of leftovers you have.  I normally freeze it so I can enjoy it later.  Sometimes I make tacos with it (yum-o) but my favorite way to use up some of those leftovers is to make a Cuban Sandwich.  

My most favorite sandwich in the world is the Cuban.  Crispy, toasty bread,  melty swiss cheese, tangy mustard, crunchy pickles, ham and savory mojo pork.  Hold on, I'm drooling.  Is it any wonder that Cuban food is one of my favorites?  


If you're into history and food like I am, take a look at Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile's Hunger for Home by Eduardo Machado.  It's his story of growing up in Cuba during the revolution and how he adapted to the US.  I've read it several times because I find it so compelling.  

Side note:  Just when I thought I was at my breaking point with Old Man Winter, the beautiful Bluegrass State got a taste of spring yesterday.  60 degrees and sunshine.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  It was warm enough to read outside and the sun on my face filled my soul with happiness.  I am so grateful for the reprieve from the bitter cold.  However, at 4am I was woken up my a winter weather warning alert on my phone.  Reality reigned me back in quickly.  I'll keep my memories of yesterday close to my heart during the 3-5 inches of snow we get today.  Kentucky weather.  It's just cray-cray.

Anyway, back to these sandwiches which will also make your soul soar with happiness.  It's so simple to throw together.  Swiss cheese, sliced ham (I used Virginia ham from the deli), pork, mustard and pickles.  Seriously, my mouth is watering again.  It's one of those things I could eat every single day and it wouldn't bother me a bit.  

Cuban Sandwiches                                                          Printer Friendly

Ingredients

Virginia ham
Swiss cheese
Dill pickles, sliced
Mustard

Slice the bread in half lengthwise.  On the bottom half of the bread place slices of cheese, followed by ham and the shredded mojo pork.  Top with the pickles.  Spread mustard on the top slice of the bread and place on top of the sandwich.

Place sandwich in a panini press if you're lucky enough to have one.  I don't so I use a grill pan or a big skillet.  Place a heavy object on the top of the sandwich to press it down.  I use my cast iron pan since it's the heaviest item in my kitchen.  A brick covered in foil would work well also.  

Flip the sandwich until it has grilled evenly on both sides.  Remove from pan or panini press.  Cut in half or fourths and serve with a side of tostones (fried plantains).  Enjoy!

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