Probably the best thing you will put in your mouth, so do yourself a favor and TREAT YOURSELF!
Easy to make, it’s hard even for you to screw up. A Cuban sandwich lets the taste buds in your mouth dance around. It’s like a party in your mouth! This is probably one of my personal favorites. I’m going to stop describing how good this beautiful sandwich is and just head into the ingredients.
1 pound boneless pork shoulder
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and gently smashed with the side of your knife
1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 lime, juiced
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 long Cuban bread roll
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
8 thin slices Swiss cheese
1 cup bread and butter pickles
8 thin slices deli ham
Let’s begin with the making process that is a Cuban Sandwich by braising the pork shoulder. Tie the shoulder in 4 places with kitchen twine so it will hold its shape while being cooked or ask your butcher to do this for you. Season the pork with salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Then let your pork shoulder sit in the fridge while you set the base of a pressure cooker. Your pressure cooker should be over low-medium heat to then add a 2 count, so that 2 seconds of pouring out olive oil. After a while add garlic and chili flakes. As the oil heats up it will become fragrant and infuse the oil. Add the pork. Add onions around the pork and brown slightly before adding orange juice, lime juice, stock and bay leaves. If it starts to smell good that means that you’re doing great!
Secure the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size of your pressure cooker. The pork should be nice and tender meaning you can pull off pieces of it and watch how the steam gently floats away while the fatty juices sweat down the meat when done. It’s truly a tear jerking for every meat lover and foodies eyes. When you’re done allow the pork to cool in its own juices before removing twine and slicing.
To prepare Cuban sandwich, split bread in half then layer the sandwich with mustard, cheese, pickles, ham, pork then cheese again the cheese glues everything together to make everything all come together just to make the flavors even more badass. Season that with salt and pepper in between the ham and pork layers. If your daring and know what real cuisine is then by God drizzle a little of the pork braising liquid over the meat as well.
To cook, heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat and lightly coat with olive oil. Place the sandwiches on the skillet and top with another heavy skillet and a couple of heavy weights (bricks, or cans of tomatoes work well). Press down firmly and cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side until the sandwich has compressed to about a third of its original size and the bread is super-crispy. Serve with beans, rice and plantain chips for a legit Cuban meal but its great enough by itself.