An Authentic Cuban Sandwich is a gloriously grilled sandwich filled with ham, pork, (sometimes salami), Swiss cheese, pickles, and yellow mustard on Cuban bread!
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 Sandwich Pilings
- Cuban Bread
- Yellow Mustard (Don't try to get fancy)
- Swiss Cheese
- Cuban or Mojo Roasted Pork
- Genoa Salami (NOW this one is controversial) - optional (I do not use)
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!
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!
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