Authentic Cuban Sandwich

An Authentic Cuban Sandwich is a gloriously grilled sandwich filled with ham, pork, (sometimes salami), Swiss cheese, pickles, and yellow mustard on Cuban bread!

Authentic Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban Sandwich is a Florida tradition. I live in the Tampa Bay Area and this tasty meat and cheese filled deliciousness can be found everywhere! And for good reason it is divine! In many area’s of Tampa you can smell that aroma of Cuban bread baking and what a treat.  Just slather on a little butter while it’s hot and oh my goodness!!!

But when you take that bread and pile on the ingredients that build this sandwich and you really have yourself, in what many Floridians will say, is the best sandwich in America

 Cuban Ingredients

Cuban Sandwich Pilings

  • Cuban Bread
  • Yellow Mustard (Don’t try to get fancy)
  • Pickles
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Ham
  • Cuban or Mojo Roasted Pork
  • Genoa Salami (NOW this one is controversial) – optional
  • Butter

The sandwich is believed to have made it’s debut in Florida in the late 1800’s. Cuban immigrants began traveling and moving into the area. It is said that this was a common lunch item enjoyed in workers cafes. Some say the salami addition became popular in the Tampa area because of the Italian influence also present. I say I have tried it both ways and like it either way – I know gasp of the die hards! When making the sandwich, if you want to leave off the salami, increase the ham portion to substitute for it. 

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Now the last and final part to making this sandwich GREAT is the Butter & Pressing it! So the real deal is NO grill marks. My press has them so to keep it real, I use a cast iron skillet and put something heavy on top like a foil wrapped brick or in my case other cast irons skillets. Flip and do the other side!

pressing cuban sandwich

 After it’s pressed you are ready take a big bite out of this masterpiece! I would love to hear if you make this one at home! They are so delicious and easy to make! A little taste of Florida culture in every bite!

 Authentic Cuban


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  Authentic Cuban Sandwich

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Authentic Cuban Sandwich

Authentic Cuban Sandwich

Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Author: Nikki - Soulfully Made



  • 10 inch Cuban Bread
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 3 ounces Swiss Cheese, sliced
  • 4 ounces Ham, sliced
  • 3 ounces Roasted Pork (I can find this in my deli)
  • 2 ounces genoa salami (optional) Use 2 more ounces of Ham if not using
  • 3 ounces Pickles, slices thin
  • 2 tbsp butter


  1. Preheat a panini press or a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. 

  2. Lay bread, open side up, on a work surface and spread the bottom and top halves with mustard. Layer top half with Swiss cheese and pickles. On bottom half, layer ham, Spanish pork, and salami (if using). Close sandwiches, pressing gently.

  3. Butter top and bottom of sandwich, place on panini press and apply moderate pressure until crisp on both sides, about 8 minutes. If using a cast iron skillet or griddle, melt some butter and add sandwich. Use a second pan to press on them as the first side crisps. When crisp, flip sandwich and continue cooking while pressing until crisp on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Slice sandwiches in half diagonally and serve immediately.



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