Cuban Sandwich

“Here’s how I build a Cuban, or Cubano, sandwich. I like to use pulled pork. Carnitas would work too. These ingredients and amounts are open to your own personal preferences, but here’s the general idea.”


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) loaf Cuban bread
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 thin slices smoked fully-cooked ham
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked pulled pork, heated
  • 1 large dill pickle, sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons butter, or as needed


  1. Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and cayenne together in a bowl to make the sauce.
  2. Trim off ends of bread. Cut loaf in half and evenly split bread to make tops and bottoms of 2 sandwiches. Spread each half on both sides generously with the mayo/mustard sauce.
  3. Divide sandwich ingredients between the two bottom halves in this order: 2 slices Swiss cheese, 3 slices ham, hot cooked pork, pickle slices, and 2 more slices of Swiss cheese. Place tops on sandwiches.
  4. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches in skillet and press down with a heavy weight (such as another skillet or foil-wrapped bricks). Toast sandwiches until bread is crisp and filling is heated through, 3 or 4 minutes per side.
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