So. The Cubano. I think this has been imprinted onto my brain from Watching the movie Chef. Ever since I saw this sandwich I wanted to make one.
Well today was the day I finally did. And boy was it worth it. Video Above and details below.
I had a Cubano at a place called Papi Chulo in Manly (In Sydney) and it was delicious. They actually used pulled pork instead of sliced pork which worked really well so I thought I’d give that a go.
The actual sandwich is pretty simple. You need the following
- A long roll like a baguette or soft sub. About 6 inches long.
- Sliced Cooked Ham
- Marinated Pork – roasted
- Swiss Cheese
I bought some really nice free range pork belly but you can use shoulder (I think this is the traditional cut to use) First up, the marinade. I got this marinade after some research online. From the chef Roy Choi based in Los Angeles.
The Marinade for the pork is as follows;
- ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup lightly packed coriander, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp. finely grated orange zest
- ¾ cup fresh orange juice
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup lightly packed mint leaves, finely chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp.
- minced oregano 2 tsp. g
- round cumin
- Maldon salt and pepper
- boneless pork shoulder, in one piece or pork loin / belly.
The best way to cook the sandwich is on a proper sandwich press but if you don’t have this then a good heavy based frying pan is fine.
- combine the marinade ingredients and pour over the pork and massage well into the meat. Cover and put in the fridge overnight.
- The next day remove the pork from the fridge about 1 hour before you want to cook it. Then put in the oven on 210°C for 30 mins then turn down to 160°C and cook for 3 hours.
- Remove enough pork for your sandwich and pull apart. Drizzle a little of the sauce from the pan over this.
- Now prepare the rest of the ingredients. Just slice the cheese and pickles. Cut the roll in half lengthways.
- Butter the cut side of the roll. Get a heavy based frying pan on a medium to hight heat and cook off the buttered sides of the bread until lightly golden.
- Pop to one side then add the sliced ham to the pan and lightly brown off on both sides.
- Now spread mustard on the bread. Add the pickles then add the ham, a few slices of cheese, then add the pulled pork, then the rest of the cheese. Pop the top on then it’s into the pan!
- Spread some butter on the pan, again on a medium heat and cook. While that side is cooking butter the top side then turn over. You’d probably want to cook on both sides for about 3-4 mins.
- I actually popped it in the oven on 200°c for 5 mins to just help the cheese to melt a bit more.
Thats it. Done. Just cut in half and eat away.