Sunday, March 04, 2012

Cuban Sandwiches for Krystal's Virtual Baby Shower

When Joelen asked me if I wanted to be part of a virtual baby shower for Krystal over at Mrs. Regueiro's Plate, of course my answer was yes. Krystal and her husband, Eric, are expecting a baby (nicknamed Cookie) in early May. Krystal is a member of the cooking board I frequent and has participated in some of the recipe swaps I organize. When I found out she was pregnant I was thrilled for them. Just from conversations Krystal and I have had online I know she's going to be a great mom. They are Team Green, which means they don't know if it's a boy or a girl, but I think it's a girl. I can't wait to find out!

Instead of the usual baby shower fare, Joelen asked us to pay homage to Krystal's Filipino background and Eric's Cuban background by making either a Filipino or Cuban inspired dish. It didn't have to be authentic, just inspired from either of these cuisines. Since I started a new job recently I didn't have too much time to find something new to make, so I decided to revisit an old favorite - the Cuban sandwich. I've made these Cuban sandwiches before many times, although I still haven't tried roasting my own pork, which I imagine would make these sandwiches incredible. Still, my supermarket's roast pork is amazing and these sandwiches are utterly delicious.

If this was for an in-person baby shower (which usually involves finger food) I'd buy small dinner or slider rolls for the sandwiches, making them more bite-size.

Be sure to stop over to Krystal's blog to wish her well, and check out Joelen's blog for a roundup of all the delicious dishes prepared for the virtual shower.

Cuban Sandwiches
Modified from Cook's Country

4 potato sandwich rolls
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 cloves garlic (small cloves), grated or minced
1/3 cup dill or hamburger pickle rounds
1/3 cup jarred banana pepper rings
1/4 pound thinly sliced baked ham, preferably Virginia or Black Forest
1/2 pound cold roast pork, sliced thin
8 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Split rolls in half. Combine mayo, mustard and garlic in a small bowl (can be done ahead of time, which allows the flavors to marry. Keep refrigerated). Spread rolls with mayonnaise mixture, then layer pickles, peppers, ham, roast pork, and cheese onto bottom half, finishing with cheese on top. Set tops of rolls in place and press down to flatten sandwiches.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, heat large pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat for 4 minutes. Brush tops of sandwiches with melted butter and place in skillet buttered side down. Brush bottoms of rolls with remaining butter and use preheated pot to compress sandwiches for 15 to 20 seconds. Cook (keeping pot on sandwiches but not pressing down) until first side is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove pot, flip sandwiches over, replace pot on top of sandwiches, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Cut in half and serve immediately.
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  1. Yum! By far my favorite sandwich ever!

  2. Uh...YUM! These are definitely going on the menu for Sammich Saturdays!!

  3. Mmmmm, you know what's funny. I just had a cuban sandwich this past weekend, it's like you read my foodie mind! Great addition to the virtual shower and I'm so thankful that you participated! Thanks again Sarah! XXOO

  4. Glad you brought these back to the forefront as my husband loves sandwiches so I'm always trying to find a new recipe that will impress! Bookmarked!

  5. The first time I saw a Cuban sandwich was on the Food Network a few years ago and I have been intrigued ever since. Still haven't gotten around to trying it for myself, but I think maybe now I have to!!

  6. So gooey and cheesy! I just love this sandwich.


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