I've read some accounts that the Cuban Sandwich originated in Key West, Florida then made its way to Miami and took off from there. I haven't found any proof of that so I'm going to go out on a limb and say it originated in Cuba. No matter, the first time I had it was in Las Vegas and I was hooked. Although I'm not a fan of lunch meat, cooked ham is a non-negotiable ingredient in a Cuban Sandwich.
What you'll need to make a Cuban Sandwich:
- cooked ham
- roast pork, sliced thin
- swiss cheese
- dill pickle, sliced
- yellow mustard
- Cuban or Ciabatta bread
Amount of each ingredient is your preference.
Spread a small amount of softened butter on the outside of top and bottom of the bread. Spread mustard on inside of both halves, layer each ingredient on the bottom half. Place top half of bread on top. Grill the sandwich on a stove-top griddle or a panini griddle. Press down until the cheese melts. Approximately 2 minutes each side.