Cuban sandwich is also known as the Mixto or the Cuban pressed sandwich and has ham and Cuban styled pork roast in it along with cheese (Swiss or cheddar), pickles and mustard sauce. Occasionally salami is also used in the Cuban sandwich, which is essentially made with Cuban bread.
The Cuban sandwich was introduced into America by Cuban cigar workers who migrated to Ybor city in Tampa, Florida during the early 1900's and used to take the sandwich as lunch.
- Orange juice 1 Teaspoon
- Red wine vinegar 1 Teaspoon
- Olive oil 2 Teaspoons
- Sourdough baguette - 1, cut into an 8-inch length, then lengthwise in half, inside scooped out a bit
- Dijon Mustard 1 Teaspoon
- Monterrey jack cheese 3
- Sweet gherkins - as required, thin slices of to cover length of sandwich
- Virginia ham - 2 thin slices, baked
- Pork - 2 to 3 very thin slices, roasted
- In a bowl, mix the orange juice, vinegar and 1 teaspoon oil together. Lightly brush the vinaigrette mixture inside the bread halves.
- On the bottom half bread, spread the mustard, then cover with the cheese, pickles, ham and pork and top with the bread half.
- In a non-stick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil, place the sandwich with the bottom side down. Weight the sandwich with a heavy object and fry over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted.