Cubano International Sandwich

Julia Ferguson


This is my take on Panera's Cuban Sandwich. It's easy, quick and delicious. International, you ask? Yes, for the Swiss Cheese, Italian Focaccia Bread, German Mustard and Chipotle Mayo. Go ahead, give it a try, you will stand up and say, "OLE."

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This hearty Cuban sandwich is full of so much flavor it's like a party in your mouth with every bite. The German mustard, chipotle mayo and zesty bread and butter pickles really have a great flavor combo and gives this a little zing. The bread is crisp and holds in all the warm filling of this amazing sandwich. It's quite filling!


round flat focaccia bread (I used the sea salt focaccia from Panera, it's about 6 inches in diameter)
slices deli ham, (I used Boar's Head, lower sodium ham)
slices deli chicken breast, (I used Boar's Head Everroast Chicken)
slices Swiss cheese
German mustard (I used Aldi brand of mild German mustard with herbs, it looks and tastes similar to French's regular mustard)
chipotle mayonnaise
zesty, bread and butter pickle slices
oil, for brushing on bread to grill


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1Cut focaccia bread into 2 rounds.

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2Spread cut side of round bread bottom with chipotle mayonnaise.

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3Layer sliced chicken breast over mayonnaise.

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4Layer sliced ham over chicken breast.

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5Layer Swiss cheese over ham.

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6Layer bread and butter pickles over Swiss cheese.

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7On cut side of round bread top, spread mustard and place on top of the bread and butter pickles.

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8Brush top of focaccia bread with oil.

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9Place oiled side down onto hot grill pan.

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10Top sandwich with heavy pan or skillet and press down. I used a cast iron skillet. Grill until golden brown and crispy.

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11Before turning, brush the bread with oil and turn, grill weighing down again with heavy pan or skillet, until golden and crispy and cheese is melted. If you have a panini press or George Foreman grill they can also be used.

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12Cut in quarters and serve with your favorite side.

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