Outrageous Cuban Sandwich with Mojo sauce

Barbara Miller Recipe

By Barbara Miller Trufflegirl

15 Min
15 Min
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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Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Sep 26, 2013
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

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.
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Pam Ellingson wmnofoz
Sep 28, 2013
Congratulations on your 2nd Blue Ribbon!! I bet you are doing the happy dance. And didn't I see this in the qualifiers for the WFC
Championships in Vegas? What an honor! One of the entrants last year from JAP won $10,000. Wish I could be there to cheer them on. Congrats again.
Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Oct 1, 2013
Thank you Pam! I am doing the happy dance! That was soooooo cool! I was heart broken to have to tell them that I could not compete in Las Vegas this time around. A situation has changed with my job and I was not able to go. Would have loved to though! Thank you again for the congrats... have a great day!
Nora M Geri24
Oct 1, 2013
Pinched and love it, thanks for posting,Congrats Barb!
Dave Smith DaveSSmith1
Oct 2, 2013
Congrats Pinched
Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Oct 2, 2013
Thank you so much Geri and Dave... that was really nice to hear! I am so happy the sandwich made it. I just love that sandwich and I even make my own Cuban bread to go with it. I hope you guys try it and enjoy it as well!
Oct 6, 2013 - Kim Biegacki shared this recipe with discussion group: Sandwiches, Sammiches & Sammies
Oct 19, 2013 - Bea L. shared this recipe with discussion group: CHATTERBOX
judy murphy Jams56
Dec 15, 2013
Love Cuban sandwiches, have been making for years, also Cuban bread, but have never put the mojo sauce on them, can't wait to try it. Thanks
How about your recipe for the marinated red onions.
born in Florida many many years ago
sabrina Plourde Splourde22
Jul 19, 2014
Wow, this looks amazing! Hey, how do you think it'd taste made with chicken???
Barbara Miller Trufflegirl
Jul 23, 2014
I think the sandwich would be fabulous with chicken! It would not be an original Cuban sandwich, but if you like chicken over the pork, by all means do it! Judy asked about using the marinated onions in the sandwich? Absolutely! I have done it many times ... it is awesome!
sabrina Plourde Splourde22
Jul 24, 2014
Yum, thank you!