Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon
Episode: Pork Four Ways
Cuban Sandwich
1 hr 45 min
25 min
4 servings
1 hr 45 min
25 min
4 servings


Roasted Pork Loin: 
  • One 2 1/2-pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper 
Mojo Spread:
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
Cuban Sandwich:
  • 4 Cuban or Portuguese rolls, split lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 ounces ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 2 large dill pickles, thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


For the pork loin: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle the oil over the pork and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Transfer the pork to a rack over a heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Roast the pork until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loin reads 140 degrees F, about 1 hour. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes, and then reserve 1 1/4 pounds for the sandwich. Slice 1/4-inch thick. Reserve the remaining pork for another recipe. 

For the mojo spread: Add the mayonnaise, oil, cilantro, salt, garlic and lime juice to a bowl and stir until evenly combined and spreadable. 

For the sandwich: Heat a large, 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. 

Spread the top half of each of the rolls with 2 tablespoons of the mojo spread and 2 teaspoons mustard. Layer the bottom half of the rolls with pork, seasoning it with a pinch of salt. Top with the ham, cheese and pickles. Place the top half of the roll over the bottom half. 

Brush the skillet with the butter, place 2 sandwiches in the skillet and brush the top half with butter. Place another cast-iron pan on top of the sandwiches with a heavy can to press down. Alternatively, you can use a panini press. Cook until the bread becomes golden brown on one side, and then flip and repeat on the other side, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cook the remaining 2 sandwiches.


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