Cubano Sandwich

Hot Havana Cubanitos marked

I made these as an appetizer, cutting them into small portions, for our Hot Havana in Miami Great Eight Dinner Theme. This is a very fancy Grilled Cheese!

Cubano Sandwich


  • Cuban bread or French bread – 12 to 16 inch loaves
  • 8 slices of Ham, thin sandwich slices, about 1/2 lb.
  • 8 slices of roast pork *see note, thin sandwich slices, about 1/2 lb.
  • 6 slices Gruyère Cheese or Swiss Cheese, thin sandwich slices, about 1/4 lb.
  • Yellow Mustard for spreading
  • 8 slices Dill Pickle, the flavor of the pickle makes a huge difference, be sure to buy good pickles, I used Claussen.
  • Melted Butter, about 4 tablespoons


  1. Heat your griddle , sandwich press, or a heavy frying pan
  2. Cut the loaf of bread in half, cross-wise, then cut it lengthwise. You should have four pieces of bread.
  3. Spread Mustard on the cut side of each of the four pieces of bread.
  4. On the two bottom pieces of bread make one layer of the Ham slices
  5. Lay on the Dill Pickle slices
  6. Then layer the Pork slices
  7. Then the Cheese
  8. Put the remaining two pieces of Bread on top
  9. Brush the outside of the sandwiches with the melted Butter, both top and bottom
  10. Cook on your griddle, sandwich press, or in the frying pan. You may want to put another heavy pot on top to weigh the sandwiches down. (I put a can of tomatoes in the top pot for the weight.)

Gr8 Tip:

If you make a Pork Roast or a Pork Tenderloin, this is a delicious way to use up any leftovers.

Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:

I grilled these sandwiches at the last minute, cut them and wrapped them in foil and put them in a thermal container. We then went to the boat and ate them after we were underway, about 45 minutes to an hour after grilling. They were still yummy!

by Anna




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