Cast Iron

Paseo Style Cuban Pork Sandwich

May 31, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Makes 2
Author Notes

Miami might have their famous Medianoche sandwich--the delicious Cuban concoction filled with pork, ham, swiss, mustard, and pickles, then pressed until thin and melty... but Seattle has the Midnight Cuban Press from Paseo. Nothing like your traditional Cuban sandwich, Paseo's Midnight Cuban Press is a legend in its own right: succulent roast pork, smoky ham, melty swiss, unbelievable caramelized onions, sweet banana peppers, garlicky aioli, and bright, fresh cilantro. My easy version of the Paseo sandwich includes leftover roast pork (like Kayb's Caribbean Roast Pork), deli ham, swiss cheese, honey caramelized onions, garlic-yogurt spread, and cilantro on a french baguette, pressed to messy, delicious perfection. —Loves Food Loves to Eat

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 small-medium sweet onion- sliced in rings
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 large garlic clove- pressed
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups pulled pork (like Kayb's Caribbean Roast Pork)
  • 4 thin slices of smoked deli ham
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 French baguette- halved lengthwise and cut in 2 portions
  • handful of cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  1. For caramelized onions: in a skillet, heat EVOO and butter over medium heat. Add onions and slowly caramelize until golden. Take off of heat, and add in honey and a pinch of salt.
  2. For garlic-yogurt spread: whisk together pressed garlic, yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, and a pinch of salt.
  3. For sandwiches: On each baguette half, slather on garlic spread, and layer pork, ham, swiss, onions, and cilantro. Top with other baguette half. Heat big skillet over medium. Place sandwiches in skillet, and press (I press w/a heavy cast iron skillet) for a few minutes on each side, until cheese is melty.
  4. Grab a bunch of napkins, a cold, minty mojito, and dig in!
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5 Reviews

Loves F. June 8, 2010
Thanks for the nice comments! My sister brought me the real deal Paseo sandwich for lunch on my birthday last week, and I don't want to brag, but my version is on par with Paseo's deliciousness! Also, thanks to Kayb's fantastic pork I used!! =)
lapadia June 2, 2010
Cheers to Seattle and Paseo! Lived there for many years before moving across the sound to the country life, your recipe sounds delicious!
jamie321 June 1, 2010
Love the addition of the onions!!
Kayb May 31, 2010
Oh, and I made that roast pork yesterday! I know what I'll have today!
mrslarkin May 31, 2010
I love messy delicious! This sounds fantastic.