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Easy Cuban Sandwich (Cubano)

This Cuban Sandwich recipe is prepared with ham, cheese, roasted meat, and pickles! These sandwiches are hearty and mouthwatering.

March 27, 2022
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Cuban Sandwich (Cubano)Photo By Petite Gourmets
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 40 mins

Cuban Sandwich (Cubano) Recipe Video



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 °F. Then cover a sheet pan with foil.
  2. In a mini food processor, combine all of the pork ingredients, except for the tenderloin, and puree until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add the tenderloin, tossing to coat. Cover it with plastic wrap, and then allow it to marinate on the counter for thirty minutes.
  4. Then transfer the tenderloin to the tray and pour the marinade over it. Roast the pork for about 20–25 minutes, until it has an internal temperature of 140 °F on an instant-read thermometer when inserted into the center.
  5. Transfer the pork to a cutting board, and allow it to rest for five minutes before carving into 1/4-inch slices.
  6. While the pork is roasting, prepare the sandwiches. Rub the outer sides of the bread with the butter, and then arrange them butter-side down on a cutting board.
  7. Spread the yellow mustard on the inside of each piece of bread. On the bottom half of each loaf, layer a quarter of the ham, followed by a quarter each of the pickle slices, roast pork, and cheese.
  8. Season the sandwiches with a pinch of salt and cover them with the other half of the bread. Repeat for all the remaining loaves of bread. Put the filling into the sandwiches.
  9. Preheat the panini maker according to the appliance instructions. Then, working in batches, press the sandwiches 5-6 minutes per side until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  10. Transfer the sandwiches to a board and cut each in half and serve it.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cuban Sandwich (Cubano)
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51.3 g65.8%
Cholesterol 182 mg60.7%
Sodium 2267 mg98.6%
Protein 54.8 g109.6%
Potassium 786 mg16.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • The key to this sandwich is layering the fillings perfectly and making sure that they’re in the correct order. The mustard is first, followed by the ham, pickles, pork, and cheese. This order is great as it optimizes the cheese melting well as the flavors intermingling with one another properly-it’s ideal!
  • If you're having trouble finding Cuban bread for this recipe, you can also use a white sandwich roll or an Italian loaf of bread.
  • Swiss cheese is ideal for this sandwich. It leads to a texture that gels well with the rest of the sandwich. You can replace the cheese with cheddar or mozzarella if you wish.
  • If you do opt for cheddar, try to pick out an unaged cheddar. It will generally be less crumbly, leading to a stretchy, gooey consistency in the final sandwich.
  • Make sure that you use the citrus juices in the roasting process; it’s really tasty! To make it a little sharper, you could add a tablespoon of harsh grapefruit juice.
  • If you don’t have a panini press, you can use a large cast iron skillet.
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The Cuban Sandwich, also known as the Cubano, is an American sandwich. It is prepared with two kinds of pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. This hot sandwich reaches its perfect taste with butter.

Try the Homemade Cuban Sandwich Recipe now, which is the perfect option for a delicious and satisfying lunch. Serve on its own or with french fries or fried bananas.

What is a Cuban Sandwich?

A Cuban sandwich is a sandwich made with pork ham, cheese, pickles, and mustard.

Cubano sandwich bread is similar in texture and shape to Italian or French bread. Cuban bread contains flour, water, yeast, and salt, as well as lard or vegetable shortening.

What Kind of Bread Do You Use For A Cuban Sandwich?

There are actually special loaves for the Cubano, or Cuban Sandwich. We recommend looking for them as they will ensure your sandwiches are well packed and not separated by excess moisture. If you're having trouble finding Cuban sandwich bread, you can also use a white sandwich roll or an Italian loaf of bread.

What Is The Difference Between a Reuben and a Cuban Sandwich?

The difference is simple - it’s all in the meat! A Reuben sandwich is made with exclusively pastrami, while a Cuban sandwich is made with both ham and roast pork.

It’s worth saying that people sometimes combine the two types of sandwich into a Cuban Reuben. This sandwich is typically structured exactly the same as a Reuben, but with the pastrami swapped for ham and the addition of roast pork.

What To Serve With Cuban Sandwiches?

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Cuban Sandwich:

How To Store Cuban Sandwiches?

To optimize the bread and ensure that it doesn’t get too soggy too early, it’s best to store Cubanos partially assembled. We would recommend layering the sandwich ingredients upon the bread, but not adding the mustard sauce. Wrap those sandwiches in foil, and then put them in the fridge for up to twenty-four hours.

Once you get them out: unwrap them, and mustard. At that point, they’ll be ready to eat!

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