'Cubano' or Cuban sandwich is the deliciously made of grilled ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and Cuban bread. It is a very popular meal in Florida, America. Cuban sandwich is made by the Cubans settled in the early 20th century in South Florida. There is a whole subject of Cuban sandwich recipes to be discussed by the aficionado, who has a different style of making a finer, more delicious Cuban sandwich. Let me first tell you something about the Cuban sandwich history, before I begin with Cuban sandwich recipes.

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History of Cuban Sandwich
The Cuban sandwich was a favorite meal in Cuba and was known as just 'sandwich', as it obviously was made in Cuba and did not need to be known as Cuban! The Cubans had a traditional way of preparing it since 1500s. With the settlement of Cuban cigar manufacturers in the Key West Florida in the 1800s, the Cuban cigar industry grew leaps and bounds. The Cuban sandwich was popular among the migrant workers and somewhere along the line the Italian Genoa salami was added to the Cuban sandwiches, especially those made in the Tampa area. Then, many small cafes and bakeries came into existence in Ybor city, Key West and Cuba ,serving the traditional Cuban sandwiches. These savory sandwiches soon became a favorite and a common food to be served on the menus in Miami cafeterias and restaurants. The rest as they say, is history and the legacy still continues. 

I am sure this short introduction and travel into the past would have made you eager to make Cuban sandwiches right in your home. Well, I won't keep you waiting for long and start with the best Cuban sandwich recipes.

Cuban Pork Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

Bread (preferably Cuban bread, though you can also use Italian or French bread)
Roast pork
Ham, sliced
Bread and butter pickles, sliced thinly
Swiss cheese, sliced thinly
Mayonnaise
Method of Preparation
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Construct the sandwiches by cutting the bread in half, length-wise, and slathering it with mayonnaise. Layer the mayonnaise with the roast pork, ham, pickles, and cheese and top it with the other slice of bread. Wrapping the sandwiches in aluminum foil, place it on a baking sheet. Now set a heavy oven-proof skillet on top. Place everything in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the sandwich once done from the oven, slice it diagonally and enjoy.

Number of Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Best Cuban Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb boneless pork tenderloin
½ tablespoon ground cumin
½ tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup orange juice
1 lime, juiced
1 cup chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 long Cuban roll
Dijon mustard
8 slices Swiss cheese