Barbara Miller Recipe

Outrageous Cuban Sandwich with Mojo sauce

By Barbara Miller Trufflegirl

Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Stove Top

If made right, this is my favorite ... major "go to" Cuban comfort food ever. I can't get enough of these because the flavor is so outrageously good. With this sandwich, the flavor profile just dances in your mouth. Not a boring sandwich here ... I can eat one any minute of the day and then still want another one! I recommend you make it or eat it with authentic Cuban bread!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The layers of flavors in this sandwich were really good.  I just loved this mojo sauce. And the pickles and onions added the perfect amount of crunch.


loaf, cuban, italian or french bread
1 lb
cooked ham, sliced
1 lb
roasted or pulled pork
3/4 lb
swiss cheese, sliced
dill pickles (i prefer diced small) or sliced
yellow mustard or mayonnasie
red onion slices
1/3 c
good olive oil
6 clove
garlic, minced
1/3 c
sour or regular orange juice
1/3 c
lemon juice
1 tsp
kosher salt
1/3 tsp
cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Prepare Mojo sauce and set aside until you are ready to make the sandwiches. Then preheat a griddle or frying pan on medium heat.
Cut the loaf of bread into quarters and slice each quarter in half lengthwise for the sandwiches.
Spread the mustard or mayonnaise on the bread. Then make each sandwich by layering the pickles, roasted pork, red onions, ham and cheese. Spoon the Mojo sauce over the inside of the sandwich.
Lightly coat the cooking surface of the griddle with butter. Place one sandwich onto the hot surface.
Put a clean, heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to flatten it. Press the bread down to about 1/3 of it's original size.
Leave the skillet on top of the sandwich and grill for one or two minutes. Left the heavy skillet, turn the sandwich over and repeat this step for the other side of the sandwich.
The cheese should be melted and the bread golden brown. Slice the sandwich in half diagonally and serve!
FOR THE MOJO SAUCE: (Prepare ahead of time because this is going to go inside the sandwich before grilling.)

Heat oil in pan. Add garlic and cook over moderate heat stirring until golden. Add juices, salt, pepper, cumin and cook for a couple more minutes until fragrant.
This step is not actually on the list of "authentic" ingredients but I like to add some chopped cilantro to my sandwich because it gives it yet another burst of flavor to push it over the top! That's just my thing ... and it's a "good thing!." Using marinated red onions would not be a bad thing either! I confess ... I do!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Dec 26, 2014
Janie Frey ... they definitely can be made on a Panini maker. I have also used a George Foreman. Thank you for your nice compliment!
Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Dec 26, 2014
Hi Jackie... thank you for the support. I did leave a comment in reference to those comments ... you might want to read it .. where ever it is. Thank you again.
Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Dec 26, 2014
Hilda and Mary Ellen ... I will address your comments. First of all before we go anywhere... re-read my recipe. Why would I try and win a contest with a sandwich that is pretty much patented in the Cuban world? I said right from the top of the recipe ... bread? Cuban is the first choice, then Italian and then French! We all know a Cuban sandwich is made with Cuban bread ok? Second of all, where and why would you even think I would stake a claim to inventing the Cuban sandwich in all of it's authenticity?? This is MY TAKE on a Cuban sandwich!~! My brother in law is born and bred Cuban and he absolutely loves it, and in fact encouraged me to enter it. Another in fact ... he told me he likes the shredded pork better than the sliced pork. True that it not authentic ... but the recipe says no where that it is authentic! It says OUTRAGEOUS CUBAN SANDWICH ... and to most who have eaten it and reviewed it ... it is. Instead of getting picky about the title, why don't you just try the sandwich, see if you like it and then just add it to the list of Cuban Sandwiches there are out there. Certainly all the Cuban sandwiches that are out there are not authentic. Have you ever seen how many versions there are of Italian Lasagna??? Hundreds ... and the Italians aren't getting upset! I am sorry I offended you.
Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Dec 26, 2014
Thank you Deb! I think you will love this sandwich! It is one of the most requested sandwiches I have around here for parties. Have a great time with it ... Barb
Deb St.Amour Deb614
Dec 25, 2014
Your Cuban Sandwich looks and sounds fantastic. I plan to make it the next time my friends and I get together for game night. I'm always looking for something new to try. This will knock their socks off. By the way, you can call this green eggs and ham if you want to, it's your sandwich.