Cuban Sandwich

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Roasted Pork Loin: 

One 2 1/2-pound boneless pork loin roast

1/4 cup olive oil

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

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

Directions

  1. 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. 
  2. For the mojo spread: Add the mayonnaise, oil, cilantro, salt, garlic and lime juice to a bowl and stir until evenly combined and spreadable. 
  3. For the sandwich: Heat a large, 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.