March 21, 2008

Cubans

Before I went on vacation, I invited the Port Club members over for some Cuban sandwiches...and to show off my gorgeous panini pan.

I didn't really use a recipe, though I did research what makes up the traditional Cuban sandwich. Here's what ya gotta do:

1. Cook a pork roast. I did this in the crockpot the day before. I cooked it in a bit of orange juice & water with garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Shred it up with it's done.

2. Get some thick cut ham (not wafter-thin sliced) from the deli and some hoagie rolls. You want the bread to get crispy on the outside when you grill it, but you want it to be a soft roll...not hard or chewy that a baguette or ciabatta.

3. Layer rolls with some pork, ham, sliced dill pickles, yellow mustard, and swiss cheese. Wrap in foil.

4. Grill on the pan with press a few minutes on each side. You want the meat to warm, the cheese to melt, and the bread have a crunch. Grill marks are good, too.

Overall, I was pretty happy with how these turned out. And, the Port Club seemed to like them too!

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4 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh how I love a good cuban sandwich.

cheesemongerswife said...

i had a great cuban at Frazer's last year. Reminds me of summer.

Mrs.W said...

I was spoiled with The Best Cuban Sandwiches while I lived in Key West. Yours look temptingly delicious!

Anonymous said...

We have a saying at Port Club
" Talk Is Cheap" I think Sam came up with it, Kelly has been talking about her Cuban's for several months and we use that saying hoping that she would make us some instead of just talking about them, Well she finally did and I can say that there was nothing
“Cheap " about them, they were fantastic, pork and ham were very tasty, the cheese had melted just perfectly and even-though I am not a big fan of heated pickles, they seemed to add to the flavor of the Cubans, so thanks for the Cubans Kelly, talk may be cheap but your Cubans were a treasure, We will all miss seeing you at the Winery

Ron