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Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie

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This delectable creation is none other than the Cuban Pork Cubanos sandwich straight out of the Chef movie, complete with homemade Mojo Marinated Pork. Interestingly, the culinary genius behind the movie’s delectable fare is none other than the renowned LA Korean-fusion food truck pioneer and rockstar chef, Roy Choi. And the best part? These sandwiches are freezer-friendly!

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This recipe is what I like to call the “leftovers” edition, stemming from the Juicy Cuban Mojo Pork Roast I shared last week in reference to the movie “Chef.” I already expressed my enthusiasm for the film in that post, so I won’t delve into it again.

The true stars of the movie, without a doubt, are the Cubanos, those mouthwatering Cuban pork sandwiches. Over the course of my foodie adventures crisscrossing the United States, I’ve encountered my fair share of exceptional sandwiches. However, Cubanos hold a special place in my heart ever since I took that unsuspecting first bite in a random Cuban diner in Miami, not even within the Latin neighborhood but rather on South Beach!

To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that Cubanos were a “thing” at the time. I simply ordered a Cuban sandwich, knowing it surpassed any sandwich I’d ever savored in Australia, even the gourmet ones from upscale bistros. It could even stand up to Shake Shack’s offerings, which says a lot because I’m utterly enamored with American burgers! However, once I returned to Australia, Cubanos slipped into obscurity among the many other fantastic foods we encountered during our U.S. travels.

That was until I watched the Chef movie. It unleashed a tidal wave of memories! The thought of making Cubanos myself didn’t cross my mind until I stumbled upon this Cuban Sandwich recipe by the incredibly talented Kathleen from Hapa Nom Nom (one of my favorite blogs, a boundless source of inspiration). Coincidentally, I received a delivery of pork from Murray Valley Pork, a premium Australian pork range, and it felt like destiny!

I decided to share the Mojo Marinated Pork recipe separately because it’s so splendid that it deserves to shine as the centerpiece roast all on its own (plus, you only need a small portion of leftovers for this recipe). I implore you, if you embark on the Cubano-making journey, don’t skip the Mojo Marinated Pork, especially if you’re in Australia. I can assure you that even the most upscale deli’s pork slices won’t come close to matching the garlicky, herby, and citrusy flavors that permeate homemade Mojo Marinated Pork.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for lunch, and I’m going to indulge while pretending I’m back in sunny Miami.

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Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie

Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie

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This delectable creation is none other than the Cuban Pork Cubanos sandwich straight out of the Chef movie, complete with homemade Mojo Marinated Pork. Interestingly, the culinary genius behind the movie's delectable fare is none other than the renowned LA Korean-fusion food truck pioneer and rockstar chef, Roy Choi. And the best part? These sandwiches are freezer-friendly!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
servings
2
total time
30 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 thin slices baked leg ham

  • 4 large , thin slices Mojo Marinated Pork

  • 2 pieces of white baguettes , 6 inch/15 cm in length, cut in half

  • Melted butter , for brushing

  • American mustard

  • 2 thin slices Swiss cheese

  • 2 or 3 dill pickles , thinly sliced

Instructions

1
Begin by heating a skillet over medium heat. Add the ham and pork slices, cooking each side until they achieve a slight browning, and then transfer them to a plate.
2
Take the cut sides of the baguettes and generously spread butter on them. Place them in the skillet, cut side down, and cook for approximately 2 minutes until they attain a light golden brown hue. Afterwards, remove them and set them on your work surface.
3
Now, it's time to assemble the sandwich. Start by layering the bottom portion of the baguettes with pork, followed by ham, cheese, and pickles. You may need to cut, break, or fold the ham, pork, and cheese to ensure they fit perfectly. Then, spread mustard on the cut side of the bun tops before placing them atop the sandwich.
4
Don't forget to butter both the bottom and top of the baguettes on the outside.
5
Return the skillet to the stove, this time over medium-high heat. Place the baguettes in the skillet, and to aid in the compression of the sandwich, cover them with a sheet of baking paper. Weigh down the sandwich with a heavy skillet or pot, and if necessary, you can use cans to add extra weight. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on each side until they achieve a rich, golden brown and become crispy, and the cheese inside has melted.
6
Allow the sandwiches to rest for about 1 minute before cutting them in half. Remember, these are best enjoyed immediately.

Notes

If you find yourself without homemade Mojo Marinated Pork but crave this culinary delight, you can substitute it with deli-sliced pork. Interestingly, during my extensive preparation of these sandwiches, I stumbled upon a fantastic discovery quite unintentionally: they freeze exceptionally well! This is due to the sandwich's compact structure. After allowing them to cool, simply wrap them in baking paper (parchment paper) followed by foil, and pop them into the freezer. When it's time to enjoy them again, you can reheat them straight from the freezer or after a defrosting - no need to unwrap them! Nutritional information per individual serving of the Cubanos Cuban Pork Sandwich.
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