Authentic Cubano Sandwich
I had a dream… A dream of the steamy Miami air, a frosty beer in a bottle, a suntan settling into my skin and a man in a food truck handing me a freshly pressed Cuban Sandwich in all its mustardy-cheesy glory. I had this dream because it hit sixty degrees in Northern Colorado in February and I instantly felt like it was summer.
A Cubano or Cuban Sandwich is a delicious concoction using as much cheese as there is meat and it is always pressed. I didn’t have a sandwich press but that didn’t faze me in the slightest. I pressed through the Saturday grocery store crowd and arrived home with a lot of cheese and ambition. Cheese goes with anything if you didn’t know, even ambition.
The sandwich making went fairly smoothly right up until I tried to press it using two cast iron skillets. One on the stove and one I had heated to 350 in the oven. I pressed and pressed and then the Cubano’s insides all came out and the whole thing fell apart. I blame the slippery pickles. This seemed at the time a larger catastrophe than it actually was but after eating that one I felt much better and tried again, melting the cheese under the broiler at Tony’s suggestion. Tada! An authentic Cubano.
Whether it falls apart or looks like it belongs on the cover of Food & Wine magazine, it will be knock-your-socks off delicious. Although I do recommend getting a panini press if you’re that determined to make it authentic. Enjoy!