A Cubano is a Cuban sandwich traditionally made with Cuban bread, cheese and ham. The sandwich migrated along with Cuban immigrants to Florida and became a much loved popular in Tampa and Miami. So much so, that in April 2012, it was designated as the “signature sandwich of the city of Tampa” by Tampa’s city council.
A mouth watering variation of the sandwich called the ‘Mojo Pork Cubano’ played a key role in the movie ‘Chef’, one that we still drool over at times. Crafted by celebrated chef Roy Choi, this recipe is the original from the Jon Favreau starrer and is in every delicious as it looked on screen in that touring food truck.
The famous Cuban sandwich as seen in Jon Favreau's movie 'Chef'.
Add ham and pork slices, and cook each side until slightly browned then remove on a plate.
Butter cut sides of baguettes then place on the skillet, cut side down, for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Remove onto work surface.
Layer the baguettes with pork, ham, then cheese and pickles. Cut, break or fold the ham, pork and cheese so they fit.
Spread the other half with mustard then place on the sandwich.
Butter the bottom and top of the outside of the baguettes.
Heat skillet over medium high heat. Place the baguettes in the skillet, top with a sheet of baking paper then weigh it down with a heavy skillet or pot (use cans if necessary for extra weight so the sandwich gets compressed).
Cook for 3 minutes on each side, until dark golden brown and crispy, and the cheese is melted.
Let sandwiches stand 1 minute before cutting in half.