Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich

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Author Notes: I often make braised pork shoulder using a Cuban adobo sauce, and recently used the same basic ingredients, adding tomato and vinegar to make a Cuban-influenced North Carolina styled pulled pork. The logical next step, of course, is this: a Cuban made with pulled pork instead of roast pork. This is one of the best reasons ever for making enormous quantities of pulled pork and freezing it in 2-cup deli containers so you can make these whenever the urge strikes - which I suspect will be frequently. Enjoy! ;o)AntoniaJames

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Makes 2 sandwiches

  • 1 ½ cup pulled pork - I like this “Cuban Adobo” style pulled pork: https://food52.com/recipes/4872-cuban-adobo-pulled-pork-and-slaw-sandwiches
  • 4 slices Black Forest ham (or Canadian bacon, or even regular bacon, if you like)
  • 1 cup grated cheese, or more to taste – we use a sharp cheddar, but you can use whatever you like. Feel free to slice it instead.
  • 2 Cuban rolls; I highly recommend this: https://food52.com/recipes/36304-cuban-bread
  • Mayo, to taste
  • Mustard, whatever kind you prefer, to taste
  • 6-8 sweet pickles, or 4 kosher dills, or ¼ cup sweet and sour red onion jam, or any other fruit chutney
  1. Slice the rolls lengthwise. Slather mayo and mustard on to taste.
  2. Very important: Warm up the pulled pork. We do this in a microwave for about 2 minutes on 70% power. You need the pulled pork to be good and hot before you put it on the sandwich, and then, don’t waste any time cooking the sandwich itself.
  3. While the pork is heating, put two slices of ham on one side of the Cuban roll.
  4. Divide the pork between the rolls. Immediately put the grated cheese on the warm pulled pork. Put the pickles on. Bring the two sides of the sandwich together.
  5. We use our panini press for these. If you don’t have one, cook the sandwiches in a dry skillet, that you’ve gotten nice and hot, pressing down on the sandwiches using a second heavy skillet, putting a piece of plain (not waxed) parchment between the sandwich and the top skillet; turn the sandwich over after the bottom has toasted up nicely and replace the skillet.
  6. Enjoy! ;o)

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