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Cuban Sandwich (Cubano)

A Cuban sandwich, also called “Cubano” is made with ham, roast pork, pickles and swiss cheese, all generously stacked on Cuban bread. The sandwich is then lightly buttered and heated on a plancha (sandwich press) until the bread is nice and toasty and the cheese is melted.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 905kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 1 Loaf Cuban Bread cut into a 6 – 8 inch piece (use Italian or French if you can’t find Cuban bread)
  • ½ teaspoon Yellow Mustard or to taste
  • 3–4 slices Sweet Ham (approximately 4 – 5 ounces)
  • 3–4 ounces Roast Pork sliced or shredded
  • 6–8 Dill Pickle Chips
  • 2 slices Swiss Cheese (approximately 2 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon Butter softened


  • You will also need: pastry brush, sandwich press or panini maker

Build the Cuban sandwich

  • Cut the Cuban bread into a 6 – 8 inch piece and slice it open.
  • Lay the bread open and spread the top slice with mustard.
  • Layer the ham on the bottom slice.
  • Add the sliced roast pork
  • Add the pickles, staggered to cover almost the entire area, so that every bite contains pickle.
  • Top with Swiss cheese and cover with the bread.
  • Heat the sandwich press to medium.
  • Brush the top of the sandwich lightly with the softened butter.
  • Gently place the sandwich on the preheated surface and press the top down. Don’t press too hard, just place it and let the weight and gravity start flattening the sandwich. Let the sandwich cook until the bread is nice and toasted and the cheese has melted, about 7–10 minutes. Keep an eye on it and check it after 5 minutes to gauge the remaining time.
  • Cut the sandwich in half and serve.


If you don’t have a sandwich press you can use a large skillet to toast the sandwich. Heat a large, heavy skillet on medium to medium-low heat. Place the Cubano on the skillet and place another heavy skillet, large lid or cast iron bacon press on top and press down gently. When the bread is toasted, flip the sandwich and repeat until the other side is toasted and the cheese is melted.


Calories: 905kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 2568mg | Potassium: 941mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 6mg