Pan con Bistec
Pan con Bistec is a Cuban-style steak sandwich. They can be found in cafeterias and restaurants all over Miami, and they’re delicious.
- 1 lb. Large Top Round Beef Steaks 4 thinly sliced steaks
- 1 tsp. Kosher or Sea Salt
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
- ¼ tsp. Cumin
- Pinch of Black Pepper
- 2-3 tbsp. Canola Oil oil that can withstand high heat
- 1 Small Yellow Onion thinly sliced
- 2 Loaves Cuban Bread
- 4 oz. Potato Sticks
- 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise optional
- 2 cups Lettuce chopped or shredded, optional
- 2 Tomatoes sliced, optional
- Butter optional
Prepare the steaks
Combine the salt, garlic powder, oregano, cumin and black pepper in a small bowl. Season the steaks on both sides with the seasoning mix.
Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a large (very large) skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, almost smoking, add as many steaks that will fit in the skillet without overcrowding.
Cook the steaks about 2-3 minutes per side, until they’re golden brown and cooked through. Take the skillet off the heat, remove the steaks to a plate or pan and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining steaks. Note: It may be necessary to add another tablespoon of oil to cook the second batch of steaks.
Cook the onions
Do not wash the skillet, return it to medium-low heat and add the sliced onions. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes until they start to soften, stirring frequently. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
Build the pan con bistec
Cut the loaves of bread to make 4 large pieces. Then open each piece by slicing it in half lengthwise.
Add one steak and a quarter of the onions to the bottom half of the bread piece. Then add the mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato slices, if using. Add a generous amount of potato sticks and cover with the top piece.
Gently, press the pan con bistec for a few minutes until the bread is toasty and starting to flatten out. If desired, brush a little bit of butter on the bread top prior to pressing to get a pretty sheen.
Calories: 1027kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1768mg | Potassium: 1395mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 10.8mg