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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cuban Sandwiches

I saw someone on TV make Cuban sandwiches a while back and I've been craving them ever since. I've never made one, or eaten one so this was a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda deal. I knew what the sandwiches had in them so I figured they couldn't be hard to throw together. A little planning is all it takes. You need to plan time to cook the pork but it's SOOOOO worth it! These are yummy!

Cuban Sandwiches

2 - 3 pound pork shoulder roast (bone-in)
Sliced ham
Swiss cheese
Mustard and mayo

Dill Pickles
Spicy Rub (recipe follows)

For the Spicy Rub:

3 - 4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons oregano
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoon lime juice

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the oil and lime juice.

Once everything has come together and with the food processor running, drizzle in the oil and lime juice until you have a thick paste.

Rub the mixture all over your pork roast making sure to cover both sides and underneath any folds and in all the crevices.

Place meat on a rack in a pan and allow to set at room temp for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Add 1 cup of water to the pan and allow meat to cook for about 3 hours until tender, turning every 30 minutes or so.

Let meat stand for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Assemble sandwiches using pork roast, ham, cheese and condiments. 

Heat a panini press or grill pan to medium heat.

Spread butter on the outsides of the bread and place on heated pan. Grill in a panini press or place another heavy pan on top of sandwiches to press down. Flip sandwiches over to grill the other side. 

Here's the sammie stuff.

Blend the onion, garlic and 
seasonings in a food processor.

Add the oil....

...and the lime juice.

Rub the mixture all over the pork roast.

Cook for about 3 hours, 
turning every 30 minutes or so.

Build your sammies!

Buttah....buttah the bread.

Then grill!! So delicious!!