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Game Day Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich – also known as Cubano, is a delectable variation of grilled ham and cheese sandwich with other delicious ingredients like roasted pork all pressed and grilled for a sumptuous picnic sandwich!
Course Snack
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 sandwiches
Calories 752kcal
Author Imma


  • 1 loaf Cuban bread (French or Italian works)
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • 6- 8 ounces thinly sliced cooked ham
  • 6-8 ounces roast pork (sliced or use shredded pork)
  • 6 ounces cheese , thinly sliced (provolone, Swiss cheese)
  • 2-3 large dill pickles , thinly sliced
  • butter


  • Preheat a Large Cast iron or grill pan, over medium heat. Use a panini if you have one in your possession.
  • Divide loaf of bread in half or three equal parts. Slice bread loaf and on a work surface spread the bottom and top halves with mustard and mayo (optional). Layer bottom and top halves with ham, pork , cheese and pickles. Be sure to place cheese on both sides .
  • Close sandwich, pressing gently. Make sure you don’t overfill your sandwich by too much or the inside of the sandwich won’t warm properly when cooking.
  • Brush both sides of the bread with melted butter or soft butter.
  • If cooking on a panini: Place your sandwich inside and close. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction or cook for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  • If using cast iron or heavy skillet: Add about 1-2 tablespoons butter on the pan , over medium-high heat, swirl to coat. Place sandwich in the center of the the pan, press it down to make full contact with the hot pan. Use a second pan to press on them until the first side crisps.
  • When crisp, carefully flip sandwiches, you may use a large spatula. Brush the other side with butter, continue cooking until crisp .
  • If using Oven: Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, then add sandwich.  When the oven is hot, Place the sandwich in the oven and let it crisp. It might take 5 minutes less or more. Start with the highest temperature, then adjust temperature so sandwich gets heated through. If desired, flip sandwiches for even toasting .
  • Slice sandwiches and serve immediately with plantain chips or pickles.


Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 2207mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 491mg | Iron: 6.5mg