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captain53
03-14-2010, 11:46 AM
I love Cuban Food and especially Cuban Sandwiches. In search of the best I have tried countless recipes and finally found the right one (also the most authentic one) and wanted to share it for every self respecting Cigar lover to try:

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Jorge Castillo: One thing is certain. Once you've had a Cuban sandwich, you'll crave them forever!

Recipe from the book: "Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban"

Ingrediants:

Cuban bread or (Substitute French bread if you must, but NOT a baguette!)
Butter, softened
1 pound ham sliced (Use a good quality ham.)
1 pound lechón asado (roasted Cuban pork) sliced (Follow the lechón asado link or see the following recipe)
1/2 pound Swiss cheese, sliced (Use a mild Swiss -- we like Baby Swiss -- it has only a few holes.)
Sliced dill pickles (dill "Sandwich Stackers" work great)
Yellow mustard (optional)
Mayonnaise (NEVER!!)

To make four generous sandwiches:
Preheat a pancake griddle or large fry pan. Cut the bread into sections about 8 inches long. Cut these in half and spread butter on both halves (inside). Make each sandwich with the ingredients in this order: pickles, roasted pork, ham, and cheese. Be generous!

NOTE: Most people use a sweet cured ham (jamón dulce) or bolo ham for Cuban sandwiches. If you can find these hams in your area, great. Otherwise, look for a slightly sweet, soft textured ham with a mild taste. You don't want the flavor of the ham to overpower the rest of the ingredients! Also, never use shaved ham or pork in a Cuban sandwich!

Place the sandwich on the hot griddle (fry pan) sprayed with a little "Pam" or lightly greased. Place a heavy iron skillet or bacon press on top of the sandwich to flatten. (You really want to smash the sandwich, compressing the bread to about 1/3 its original size!)

Grill the sandwiches for two to three minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden. Make sure your griddle or fry pan is not TOO HOT! Otherwise, the crust will burn before the cheese melts. Slice the sandwich in half diagonally and serve.


Medianoche

Use all the same ingredients, except use a medianoche bread loaf. This sweeter bread, and smaller size, is the only difference between a medianoche and a Cuban sandwich!


NOTES:

Tip: Let your meats and cheese come to room temperature. This way you avoid burning the bread and the cheese melts perfectly! This is especially helpful when you have a lot of meat in your sandwich.

For extra flavor, sprinkle a little mojo (or meat juices if you make the recipe below) on the meat before adding the cheese.


Roasted Pork:[/U]

[U]Ingredients:
(1) 2 to 4-pound pork shoulder roast OR pork loin roast (NOTE: You'll only need about 1 pound of the cooked meat for the Cuban sandwich recipe above.)
1 head garlic -- about 10 to 15 cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cup sour orange juice (If you can't get sour oranges in your area, use two parts fresh orange to one part fresh lemon and one part fresh lime) See Goya Shortcut Below!
1 cup minced onion
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 cup Spanish olive oil

Mash garlic, salt, and peppercorns into a paste, using a mortar and pestle. Stir in sour orange juice, onion, and oregano. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan until hot, but NOT deep frying hot! We’re looking for something in the neighborhood of 220 degrees F. Remove the oil from heat and quickly whisk in the garlic-orange juice mixture until well blended. Let cool before using as a marinade!

Pierce pork roast as many times as you can with a sharp knife or fork. Pour garlic mixture (save a little for basting while roasting) over pork, cover and let sit in refrigerator for two to three hours.

Using a suitable roasting pan or rack, sprinkle remaining marinade over pork and cook uncovered at 325°F. Roast until completely cooked (160°F), about 20 minutes per pound. Baste occasionally. Bring pan juices to a boil and simmer until the juice is reduced by half. Sprinkle some juice onto the pork when you put it in the sandwich.

Simple Shortcut for marinade:

Use: Goya Mojo Criollo Marinade available at most grocery stores in the mexican food section. It is a BitterOrange/Lemon/Garlic marinade. I add a couple of extra tablespoons of minced garlic and shake it in a zip-lock bag then put the roast in for24-48hours, the longer the better.
http://www.goya.com/english/products/product.html?prodSubCatID=11&prodCatID=4

massphatness
03-14-2010, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the recipes.

How do I burn "Hecho a Mano" in the bottom of the sandwich? :D

captain53
03-14-2010, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the recipes.

How do I burn "Hecho a Mano" in the bottom of the sandwich? :D

In TX we would use a Branding Iron.:tu

alley00p
03-14-2010, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the recipes.

How do I burn "Hecho a Mano" in the bottom of the sandwich? :D

:tpd:

Hey Vin, you think there might be a market for a sandwich branding iron? :r


:dance:

captain53
03-14-2010, 12:50 PM
:tpd:

Hey Vin, you think there might be a market for a sandwich branding iron? :r


:dance:

Personalized Barbeque Branding Iron, Texas Iron $49.99

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http://www.after5catalog.com/personalized-barbeque-branding-iron-texas-iron-p-139.html?cPa...

massphatness
03-14-2010, 12:51 PM
dang dude, you think of everything!

MarkinCA
09-11-2010, 08:40 PM
I like this receipe. Thanks for sharing this Dave:tu

TheRiddick
09-11-2010, 08:58 PM
I love Cuban Food and especially Cuban Sandwiches.

Didn't "Cuban Sandwich" originate in USA, Florida, to be precise? Modified Italian panini.

What makes it Cuban Food?

joeobx
09-12-2010, 07:54 AM
This sounds like the same recipe I found on line a couple years ago. My son wont eat mustard or pickels on anything but will inhale these when I make them. A 1ft sq concreat paver wraped in foil and a flat griddel work well for a press.

Huskysibe
11-15-2010, 04:36 PM
What makes it Cuban Food?

The way the pork is cooked, if you have never been to a cuban restaurant and had the pork, you dont know what you are missing. I am glad someone cracked the code on the marinade and seasonings, I have been wondering how its done. Thanks!

guitar4001
12-20-2010, 03:17 PM
yum.

Doctorossi
12-20-2010, 03:26 PM
Medianoche

That's the one!

How do I burn "Hecho a Mano" in the bottom of the sandwich?

Same way you do the date stamp, Vin. :r

Zeuceone
12-20-2010, 03:36 PM
Medianoche from Portos Bakery.

replicant_argent
12-20-2010, 03:43 PM
Didn't "Cuban Sandwich" originate in USA, Florida, to be precise? Modified Italian panini.

What makes it Cuban Food?

Cuban people (amongst others) really like them. ;)

Or the Cuban Style roast pork.

I am going to go with:


Because the sammich needed a name that reminded people of how delicious Cuban roasted pork tastes.

Or,


Simon Bolivar was not only a heck of a guy, but a sammich artiste`.



He liked cake as well, coincidentally.

Blueface
12-20-2010, 05:10 PM
Didn't "Cuban Sandwich" originate in USA, Florida, to be precise? Modified Italian panini.

What makes it Cuban Food?

Brought to US by Cubans.
Both Media Noche and Cuban sandwich originated in Cuba.

As already said, the pork makes it different than anything else as does the bread. The bread is equally important.

Anyone ever want to try a great one, get my wife or I to make you one.

joeobx
12-20-2010, 05:19 PM
Do you deliver ? I'll take 2 :D

Bill86
12-20-2010, 05:28 PM
That sandwich looks :dr

Blueface
12-20-2010, 05:40 PM
We take the pork from when we roast the whole pig and shred it.
Most places slice it but the flavor is so, so much better when you shred and pile it up high.

Not sure if I noted it in the OP's original post but what we also do is after it has been pressed on the grille and is ready to serve, we put butter on one side of the hot bread (on outside). Just rub a stick of butter lightly on it.
The inside gets mustard on one side, butter on the other.
As said already, never use mayo on a Cuban. It will really hurt our feeling.:D

Well worth investing in a grille.
I have an Emiril brand that comes with the standard panini plates but also comes with a set of flat plates, which is what we use for Cuban sandwiches.
I think I paid well under $100 for it.

Neuromancer
12-20-2010, 05:53 PM
I knew this thread wouldn't get past Carlos...:D

replicant_argent
12-20-2010, 05:56 PM
Remember kids.... don't ask Carlos what time it is.


He'll tell you how to make a watch....



Then lick your eyeball.

Blueface
12-20-2010, 06:26 PM
I knew this thread wouldn't get past Carlos...:D
:fu2

What hole did you come from? Where have you been?
You have been a witness to that pig.


Remember kids.... don't ask Carlos what time it is.


He'll tell you how to make a watch....



Then lick your eyeball.
:fu2

Don Fernando
12-21-2010, 01:34 AM
Anyone ever want to try a great one, get my wife or I to make you one.

promises promises Carlos.

T.G
12-21-2010, 02:27 AM
Mental note - must ask Marcelino Cardenas where to buy real Cuban bread in Sacto next time I'm at his shop.

Blueface
12-21-2010, 06:48 AM
promises promises Carlos.

True.

We did take the easy way out and took you to a very good Cuban restaurant instead.

Timing was just not right for the wife and the roast.

Don Fernando
12-21-2010, 04:01 PM
:D im just busting some balls Carlos

Blueface
12-22-2010, 09:23 AM
Ferdi,
You should have been here for Christmas Day, our traditional Cuban Sandwhich with leftover Pig Day.
Picking up Piggy tomorrow and will marinade overnight for Christmas Eve dinner.
Will post photos of our Cuban sandwiches on Saturday.
You will have to plan a return trip with better timing for sure.

Doctorossi
12-22-2010, 10:15 AM
Will post our Cuban sandwiches on Saturday.

Fixed that for you. -(P

Oh, and thank you in advance! :tu

Blueface
12-25-2010, 05:41 PM
Made our regular Christmas Day Cuban Sandwich from leftover pig roast.

Here are photos start to finish.

Leftover pig is heated and ready to be shredded.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/cf7ed415.jpg

Butter on one side of bread, mustard on the other, ham and cheese await the pork.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/c5979168.jpg

Shredded pork arrives
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/da4b6542.jpg

Pile it on high
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/3c9c7e8e.jpg

Blueface
12-25-2010, 05:42 PM
On grille they go.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/8b513cfb.jpg

Ready to enjoy
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/d3e897b3.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/cmach_photo/9a52335b.jpg

Matt-N-Ga
12-25-2010, 10:48 PM
You forgot the pickle....:r

Looks amazing, think I'll make some up tomorrow evening for dinner...thanks for the ideas

Blueface
12-26-2010, 01:00 PM
You forgot the pickle....:r

Looks amazing, think I'll make some up tomorrow evening for dinner...thanks for the ideas

Trust me........didn't forget. I hate pickles.

pektel
08-07-2013, 09:34 PM
Shoot. I KNEW I should've checked CA before pulling a recipe of the interwebz for the pork. This recipe sounds much better. I was walking through the supermarket today, and they had Virginia ham on sale, so i bought a pound. Then was in the meat section, and they had pork loin on sale for 1.88/lb. so i bought a half one for like 6 bucks. When i set it in the cart, i thought... "I bet i can turn this stuff into a cuban sandwich! So went and got 2 loaves of take and bake italian bread (closest thing i could find up here).

Have the pork loin marinating right now in a recipe i followed here:

http://m.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/pork/cuban-roast-pork-pernil-o-pierna-asada.html

I really want to smoke/grill this thing instead of putting it in the oven... Like smoking for the first hour, then putting it into a foil pan in the grill or oven to finish it. Since it's a loin, i want to baste to make sure it stays moist. I reserved a cup of the marinade like the recipe said in my link. What worries me, is i had a ton of limes in the frig, so only used lime juice.

Hopefully i didnt fubar it.

pektel
08-07-2013, 09:50 PM
Also, pretty sure im gonna buy this press tonight. Have it in the cart now with my finger on the trigger.

http://www.caloby.com/Cuisinart-5-in-1-Counter-Griddler-and-Panini-Press_p_284.html?lt_c=1&quickcart=1

T.G
08-07-2013, 10:31 PM
Shoot. I KNEW I should've checked CA before pulling a recipe of the interwebz for the pork. This recipe sounds much better. I was walking through the supermarket today, and they had Virginia ham on sale, so i bought a pound. Then was in the meat section, and they had pork loin on sale for 1.88/lb. so i bought a half one for like 6 bucks. When i set it in the cart, i thought... "I bet i can turn this stuff into a cuban sandwich! So went and got 2 loaves of take and bake italian bread (closest thing i could find up here).

Have the pork loin marinating right now in a recipe i followed here:

http://m.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/pork/cuban-roast-pork-pernil-o-pierna-asada.html

I really want to smoke/grill this thing instead of putting it in the oven... Like smoking for the first hour, then putting it into a foil pan in the grill or oven to finish it. Since it's a loin, i want to baste to make sure it stays moist. I reserved a cup of the marinade like the recipe said in my link. What worries me, is i had a ton of limes in the frig, so only used lime juice.

Hopefully i didnt fubar it.

So, it'll be a bit different. It's only food. Toss some roast beef or genoa salami in between the pork and ham for a different twist.

Smoke wood might overpower the sandwich. I cook my lechon asado on the smoker, but with no smoke wood, just briquettes, and at about 320-350F. I still get a pit roasted flavor that you can't get in an oven but the (smoked) pork doesn't overpower the rest of the ingredients. Cooking at 320-350F makes the shoulder firmer so you can slice it.

FWIW, the OP recipe came from "Three Guys From Miami" at www.icuban.com. Carlos (blueface) pointed me at that site a few years ago, and their recipes are awesome.

pektel
08-08-2013, 03:42 PM
Makes sense about the smoke. I just put the loin in the oven.

Might use a few homemade pickles from your recipe.