This Cubano Sandwich is a party for your mouth with its combination of flavors. If you like a grilled sandwich, you will love this. So delicious!
The first time I ever made a Cubano Sandwich was as an appetizer for my Hot Havana in Miami Gr8 Dinner. We cut them into small portions to serve as an appetizer and boy were they a hit! The crunchy grilled bread, the tangy mustard and pickles, the creamy cheese and the savory meats combine into an almost perfect sandwich.
These sandwiches are called “Cuban” because they originated with the Cuban cigar factory workers in Key West, Florida. The sandwich then became popular in the 1940s in Miami. There are a few variations, but this is the classic original.
It would never have occurred to me to combine all these flavors and grill this sandwich, but it works beautifully. Everyone I’ve made these for loves them. Be sure to use really good dill pickles as that makes a huge difference in the flavor. Also, don’t skimp on the mustard, the tanginess is important.
Sure, you can use gourmet mustard and get fancy with the bread or the pork if you must. But there’s something to be said for the original flavor profile. And in this case, I really don’t think it can be improved!