Cuban Sandwich Recipe
A great twist to the classic ham sandwich!
This recipe is our version of a Cuban sandwich. Our “secret” is in the zesty rub used on the pork tenderloin. It gives the pork a nice flavor, without overpowering the sandwich.
I recommend that you serve this up at parties – just cut the Cuban sandwiches into smaller bites and serve as an appetizer. If you have vegetarian guests you could also serve my Vegetarian Focaccia Sandwich. Or, if you are looking for a new sandwich to serve up for a family dinner, this will surely become a crowd pleaser – it is in my house.
- Yield: 6 Adult-Sized Sandwiches
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cooking Time: 60 minutes
- 1.5-Pound Pork Tenderloin
- Zest and Juice of 1 Orange
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- Zest of 1 Lime
- 5 Sandwich-Thin Pickles
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
- 1 Baguette
- 1/4 Cup Grey Poupon Mustard
- 1/2 lb Sliced Ham
- 6 Slices Swiss Cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl combine the lemon, lime, and orange zests with the juice of the orange, the dried oregano, salt and pepper.
3. Rub the pork tenderloin with the concoction before placing it in a baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
**You want the pork to be firm in texture but have a little bounce to it. The juices will run clear when the tenderloin is done.**
4. To assemble the sandwich, cut the baguette lengthwise, smear with mustard, shingle with sliced pork tenderloin, ham, pickles, and finish with swiss cheese.
5. Freshly stacked, the sandwich is delicious and ready to serve, but a true Cuban is finished on the grill. If you like, just cut the baguette into sixths and place it into a sandwich press or Foreman grill to heat it through. (You can’t go wrong either way.)
6. Serve and enjoy!
- When trying to get the rind of the fruit, I love using my microplane. However, if you don’t have one you can always use the smaller side of your cheese grater. Just make sure not to press too hard so you don’t get the white layer called pith.
- If you discover you love the pork tenderloin by itself, cut it up and serve it with some fresh mint cous cous and an orange salad. Yum!
- These make for great appetizers as well. Just cut the sandwiches into smaller portions and serve!
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