Cuban Sandwich (Cuban Pork & Ham Panini)

The Cuban sandwich, a favorite among types of panini, presses lechon asado roast  pork, ham and Swiss cheese inside a fresh bolillo roll.
Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

By  Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Cuban Sandwich is my recipe of the day, which is a toasted panini filled with lechon asado roast pork,  smoked ham, and Swiss cheese.

If you happened to join me yesterday for #MulticookerMonday you might have noticed that Slow  Cooker Lechon Asado was my recipe of the day. This is my preferred way to easily make a suitably spiced sliced roast pork. That recipe also includes directions for preparing the tomato mojo sauce,  which is a variation  on the  usual  mojo. But also  one that I prefer.

Cuban Sandwich

You  might note that I use a pork loin roast in  this instead of a pork shoulder blade roast. The pork loin will be much smaller and also boneless.

As a rule, loin  is much leaner than  shoulder so the cook time is much less. It is not a type of  pork roast you want to cook a long time as you might with shoulder. The result of overcooking is a contraction of the fibers which makes it tough and  that also squeezes out moisture (which having less fat contributes to).

So be careful when running your slow cooker in my lechon recipe that you set it to low (8-10 hours) but remove it when it  is done after a few.

Unassembled Cuban sandwich

I make my sandwich on a panini press but you can also use a grill pan or griddle and weight it down with a foil wrapped brick. You could also top it  with something heavy like a cast  iron skillet as long as it  is not so heavy it smooshes the sandwich completely.

I put a combination of mustard and tomato mojo on my breads as a condiment (they are good together) but you can dress your sandwich as you wish.

Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

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Cuban Sandwich

For best results, please refer to my recipe for Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

to prepare the roast  pork and tomato mojo when making this recipe.

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Cuban Sandwich

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine Caribbean, Cuban
Servings 1


  • 1 fresh bolillo roll split
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tomato Mojo see my recipe on Slow Cooker Lechon Asado
  • 4 ounces prepared Lechon Asado roast pork thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces smoked ham thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1 dill pickle slice


  • Spread mojo and mustard on bread halves, then layer with fillings and press closed.
  • Place sandwich on a heated panini grill or griddle pressed with a foil wrapped brick (to flatten) until golden and crisp on the exterior.
  • Slice in half and serve.


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