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Monday, September 19, 2016

How to make a Cuban Sandwich

It's Amy J. here again with a great Cuban Sandwich recipe.  Have you ever had a Cuban sandwich?  My roommate in college (yeah, yeah, forever ago!) was making dinner one day and asked me if I’d ever had a Cuban Sandwich.
“Nope…I’ve never heard of Cuban Sandwiches.”  I replied…completely disinterested. 
“Well, I have an extra one.  It’s yours if you want it.”
I couldn’t turn down such a generous offer, so I sat down with her to share her dinner. 

D E E E E LISH!  That’s all I can say!  Since those college days I have served these countless times with soup when we have company!  The combination may sound different, but TRY THEM!  They have a savory meaty flavor, with a velvety richness of melty cheese, the freshness and crunch of a pickle and don’t forget the butter crispiness of a grilled Italian roll.  Completely satisfying and delicious….even for people who hate pickles!  I promise!  It’s soul food my friends!  Enjoy!  Love and pickle juice!  -- Amy J









Gather your ingredients:



Italian rolls or Hoagies, Canadian Bacon or thinly sliced deli ham, thinly sliced deli turkey, Vlasic dill pickles, provolone cheese (or mozzarella, or jack… today I have Jack cheese in my fridge.  Choose what you like!)







Take each roll and butter the top and bottom.  Slice open rolls and spread with mayonnaise, if desired.  Place a few slices of ham, and turkey on bottom half of roll.  Top with a slice or two of pickle and top with cheese. Place top half of roll on sandwich.






Place 3 to 4 sandwiches in panini press or skillet to cook.  Cook to allow cheese to melt and meat to get piping hot.  Crunchy, cheesy, meaty paradise!  Enjoy!



  









Cuban Sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 doz Italian or Hoagie Rolls
1 lb     good quality, thinly sliced deli ham or Canadian Bacon
(incidentally…there is so such thing as Canadian Bacon in Canada….trust me, we lived there for 5 years and made complete fools of ourselves when trying to order Canadian Bacon on our pizza…)
1 lb     good quality, thinly sliced deli turkey
6        Vlasic dill pickles, thinly sliced….or your favorite dills.  We think Vlasic is the best…
1 lb     sliced provolone cheese…or mozzarella or jack whatever you have that in your fridge.
          Mayonnaise….optional (I don’t spread mine with mayo…but the recipe does call for it)
          Butter


*Directions:
Heat your panini press or stovetop skillet (on med). 


Take each roll and butter the top and bottom.  Slice open rolls and spread with mayonnaise, if desired.  Place a few slices of ham, and turkey on bottom half of roll.  Top with a slice or two of pickle and top with cheese.  Place top half of roll on sandwich and place four sandwiches in panini press or skillet to cook.  If using a skillet, cover while cooking.  Cook on medium to allow cheese to melt and meat to get piping hot.  If using a skillet us a spatula to smash down the sandwiches to make them all flat and amazing!  Repeat with remaining ingredients.  Keep sandwiches hot in 250 degree oven while you cook the rest.  Serve hot with your favorite soup.  Enjoy!!!



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