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Cubano (Cuban Sandwich or Mixto)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Rest Time
1 d 1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Cubano is a pressed sandwich with roast pork, ham, pickles and cheese, popularized by Cuban immigrants in Florida in the nineteenth century.
Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban
Servings: 5 sandwiches
Author: Renards Gourmets
For the pork marinade
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of an orange
  • Juice of an orange
  • Juice of a lime
  • 7 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Black pepper , freshly ground
For the sandwiches
  • 10 oz. ​​smoked pork ham , sliced
  • 1 mojo pork roast (about 1½ lb/700g, roasted in pork loin
  • ½ cup butter , melted
  • 4 Cuban breads (or 2 baguettes)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese (Emmental or Gruyère)
  • 15 large pickles , sliced
  • Sweet mustard
For the marinade and the preparation of the mojo pork
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, orange zest, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Place the mojo pork slices in this sauce. Mix well.
  3. Marinate in refrigerator for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the meat from the salad bowl and place it on a baking sheet with the fat side up.
  5. Bake at 350 F / 180 C for 1 hour.

  6. Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Let stand 1 hour.
  8. Cut the roast into thin slices. Set aside.
  9. Heat the sandwich toaster (or panini press).

  10. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Brown the mojo pork slices on both sides first and then the ham slices. Set aside.
  11. Cut the bead loaves in half lengthwise. Spread the mustard on each side.
  12. Lay the mojo roast pork along the bottom half, then add a layer of ham, a layer of cheese and finally some gherkins.
  13. Cover with the top half of the bread.
  14. Brush the top and bottom of each sandwich with melted butter.
  15. Wrap each sandwich with parchment paper and heat in the sandwich toaster (or panini press) until they are crispy on the outside.