Cuban Sandwich

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 45 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

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:
CUBAN SANDWICH:
  • 4 Cuban or Portuguese rolls, split lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 ounces ham, thinly sliced
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Directions

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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  • on April 16, 2013

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    This was a huge hit. I pulled it together for my fiance and his friend and they both raved about it and couldn't get enough. I will definitely be making it again. Thanks Kelsey!

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  • on April 12, 2013

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    First of all, I have never written a review in my life! This sandwich is so good I had to tell everyone to try it!! I did substitute the pork for a simple grilled chicken breast which made it an easy weekday meal. I'm going to make it tomorrow for dinner. I'm sticking with the chicken and this time substituting the ham with bacon. Yummy!!!

    P.S. I haven't tried a Kelsey Nixon recipe yet that I didn't looooove!!!

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  • on January 26, 2013

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    The sandwich was absolutely delish! It was extremely easy to assemble, it warms up well the next day and travels well. My entire family loves this sandwich. I did substitute the grain mustard for dijon because we are not big mustard fans, and it gave the sandwich an additional layer of flavor.

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