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The Original Cuban Sandwich

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Ingredients

300 g Pork Tenderloin
200 g Ham 12 thin slices
200 g Gouda Cheese 8 medium thick slices
8 small Pickled Cucumber
8 tsp Mustard I am not a fan of spicy mustard, so I chose the honey one
1 Cuban Bread I can't find Cuban bread here so I took 1 long and thick baguette
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp
2 tbsp Olive Oil
4 tsp Butter

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The Original Cuban Sandwich

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Directions

Forget about fancy dinners and food prepared with a lot of care and just have fun in the kitchen for tonight. We were feeling so lazy last weekend, that we really didn’t want to start thinking about any complicated recipe, and we just wanted to throw something in the pan and make a miracle that will taste amazing. And than I remembered a TV show that I saw on a Dutch programme where the very enthusiastic chef was making something called Cuban Sandwich, and it looked just amazing. Full of ham and tender, juicy pork, with lots of cheese, a hint of mustard and crunchy pickles. And it also looked easy to make, so why not try it?

We had some bread in the house, bought one day before, from our close by baker, and it looked perfect for it: thick crust, white soft inside and a bit salty. But the tricky part was that the original Cuban sandwich is supposed to be pressed with a grill, which we didn’t have so we had to be inventive with the  sandwich maker and a spatula, and it just made it more fun.

So now that we discovered what to eat in the lazy evenings when we just want to have something nice, without too much fuss I invite you let me know other sandwich recipes that will make our mouth water.

TIPS:

  • the mustard and the pickles are THE THING in this recipe, so don’t avoid them. I know that a lot of restaurant replace them with mayo and salad, but that is not a real Cuban.
  • to make the perfect pork tenderloin, preheat your oven at 200 C together with a skillet of a Dutch oven. Spice the pork and let it rest before you put it in the oven. Take out the pan, add the pork and let it fry on one side for 10-12 minutes. Open the oven, take the pan out, turn on the other side and let it fry for another 10-12 minutes. Test with a thermometer and if the temperature inside reaches 140 F / 60 C the meat is done. If not put it back in the oven for 3 more minutes and check again. When it’s done, take it out from the oven, tent with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting. 
  • if you want to be super efficient, cut everything while the pork is having fun in the oven.
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Steps

1
Done

The pork

Preheat the oven at 200C. Rub the pork with the salt, paprika, chilli and pepper and let it rest. Pour the oil in a skillet or a Dutch oven and heat in the oven for 5-8 minutes. Put the pork in the oven for 10 minutes and fry on one side. Flip on the other side and fry for another 10 minutes. Take out of the oven, tent with foil and let it rest 10 minutes. Slice thin.

2
Done

Cut your bread into 4 portions. Cut the ham into thin slices, big enough to cover your bread. I made 24 half-slices because I has 12 slices of ham. Cut the cheese into medium slices, long enough to overlap them on your bread. Slice the pickles in to, so they don't run away from your bread, and get ready to assemble.

3
Done

Spread 2 tsp of mustard (or less, or more, depending how much you like) on one side of the bread and top with pickles. On the other site put a few slices of pork, top with a lot of ham and cheese.

4
Done

Press your sandwiches with whatever you have. I used a sandwich maker and a spatula, if you have a grill it's the best. Put a pan on the fire, add a little butter and fry on both sides until the cheese is melted. Now this is tricky, because my Gouda cheese didn't want to melt so easy, so pick one that is the mood for melting.

5
Done

Put some salad on a plate, if you feel the need for a greenie and serve hot. ¡Ay, caramba! This is super tasty!

Adriana

I am Adriana and I love food, as you can probably see from what I cook. I like to bake and I like to experiment with new tastes, and my 2016 resolution is to try to cook healthy and special meals every day.

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