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cubano international sandwich

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Julia Ferguson
Greenwood, IN

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."

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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!

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(3 ratings)
yield 2 -4 depends on how hungry you are
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Griddle

Ingredients For cubano international sandwich

  • 1
    round flat focaccia bread (I used the sea salt focaccia from Panera, it's about 6 inches in diameter)
  • 6-8
    slices deli ham, (I used Boar's Head, lower sodium ham)
  • 6-8
    slices deli chicken breast, (I used Boar's Head Everroast Chicken)
  • 6-8
    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

How To Make cubano international sandwich

  • 1
    Cut focaccia bread into 2 rounds.
  • 2
    Spread cut side of round bread bottom with chipotle mayonnaise.
  • 3
    Layer sliced chicken breast over mayonnaise.
  • 4
    Layer sliced ham over chicken breast.
  • 5
    Layer Swiss cheese over ham.
  • 6
    Layer bread and butter pickles over Swiss cheese.
  • 7
    On cut side of round bread top, spread mustard and place on top of the bread and butter pickles.
  • 8
    Brush top of focaccia bread with oil.
  • 9
    Place oiled side down onto hot grill pan.
  • 10
    Top sandwich with heavy pan or skillet and press down. I used a cast iron skillet. Grill until golden brown and crispy.
  • 11
    Before 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.
  • 12
    Cut in quarters and serve with your favorite side.