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The Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban Sandwich

A Cuban is most often a ham and cheese grilled or pressed panini sandwich. It originated in Florida’s Cuban immigrant communities. Depending on where it is prepared, it can be made from many types of bread including sourdough baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, and michetta. The main ingredients usually include a sourdough  bâtard or a “torpedo loaf,”  ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard.

I have found this toasted sandwich is great on Abigail’s Oven Country Loaf.  As you can see, there is not a lot to this sandwich, but the flavor it has all put together is nothing short of amazing. Simple and delicious.

This recipe makes four sandwiches:



  • 8 slices of  Abigail’s Oven Country sourdough
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 thick slices of roasted pork (more or less depending on slice size or desired sandwich thickness)
  • 8 thin slices of smoked deli ham
  • 4 large pickles, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat a panini press or heavy frying pan to medium heat.
  2. Spread 1 teaspoon yellow mustard on just one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Add one slice of Swiss cheese and ham to 4 bread slices. 
  4. Top each with as much or as little roast pork as you would like for a thick or thin sandwich. 
  5. Add another slice of ham and pickle slices to cover the top.
  6. Top each sandwich with 1 more slice of Swiss cheese.
  7. Place the other prepared slice of bread on top and thinly coat the outside of each sandwich with butter.
  8. Place sandwich in the preheated panini press or frying pan. 
  9. Turn the heat to low and toast for about 15 minutes until the sandwich is hot and cheese is melted.


Tell us about your Cuban sandwiches in the comment section below.

Darryl Alder, blogs for Abigail’s Oven, The Voice of Scouting, The Boy Scout,, and His hobbies include gardening vegetables, annuals, and perennials; baking artisan sourdough bread; outdoor cooking, and Scouting. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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