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Cuba is on my bucket list. Many, many years ago, I lived in Tabasco, Mexico. It was a short one-hour flight from Cuba. I had the opportunity to visit then but never did. I was young and very STUPID. There was a small group of Cubans who lived there. I loved their coffee, their food, the music. When I visited Tabasco earlier this year, my friend took me to a Cuban restaurant where I had an amazing Cuban Sandwich, or Sandwich Cubano. This is my humble attempt at making something that one day (knock on wood) I’ll taste in Havana.
Ralphs is have a Packaged Meat Flash Sale on Friday, September 9th. It’s only for 24 hours. 16 oz Oscar Mayer and Hillshire Farm Deli Favorites are on sale for $3.99 each, if purchased with card. So, plan ahead and get shopping. With my Hillshire Farm Deli Ham, I made this yummy delicious Cuban Sandwich. Yes, it was as good as it looks.
Ooey gooey melted cheese…. Need I say more?! I add two slices of Swiss cheese. One, because who can say no to more cheese? And two, because cheese acts like a glue. A Cuban Sandwich uses leftover pork – pork loin, pork chops, pulled pork. Then you add a few slices of ham from Ralphs Packaged Meat Flash Sale. If you add enough cheese, it will hold it all together in one big, mouthwatering, delicious masterpiece.
Traditionally, a Cuban Sandwich is made with Cuban bread rolls. I am using sliced bread… I’m sure there’s a Cuban grandmother shaking her finger at me right now, but the bread in my bread box was about to go bad. I hate wasting food. Let me rephrase that: I HATE WASTING FOOD. When I lived in Mexico, there was no waste. My uncle is a genius at reviving broken down things. That’s how I image Cuba to be. Innovative, creative, and breathtakingly beautiful. One day… one day…
- Heat griddle on low heat.
- Butter one side of each bread.
- On the non-buttered side, add mustard, then cheese, pickles, pork, ham.
- Top with the bread, making sure the buttered side is up.
- Place buttered side of the sandwich on the griddle.
- Let cook for 4-5 minutes, checking often making sure it is not burning.
- Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- It is ready when the cheese has melted.