Pressed Cuban Sandwich With Garlic Dijon Butter

Total Time
1hr 23mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 8 mins

A sandwich that originated in Cuba! Yum! Adapted from Cooking Light magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Butter

  • 12 head garlic
  • 12 teaspoon olive oil
  • 12 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 34 teaspoon butter, softened
  • Sandwiches

  • 2 (3 ounce) hoagie rolls, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 slices sandwich pickles (sandwich length)
  • 18 lb thinly sliced smoked turkey
  • 18 lb thinly sliced turkey ham
  • 4 slices swiss cheese (Jarlsberg is good)
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To make butter:.
  3. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate cloves); drizzle with oil. Wrap 1/2 head in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Combine garlic pulp, mustard, and butter in a small bowl; set aside.
  4. Double this and save the butter to make more sandwiches later!
  5. To make sandwiches:.
  6. Scoop out inside of the roll halves, leaving a 1/2" shell. Spread about 2 teaspoons garlic butter over cut sides of top and bottom halves of each roll. Arrange pickles, turkey, ham, and cheese evenly on bottom halves of rolls; top with top halves.
  7. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 2 sandwiches to pan. Place a heavy skillet on top of sandwiches, and press gently to flatten. Grill 4 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and bread is toasted. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally, and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This might be the best sandwich I've ever had. It was so good I made it twice in one week! My only change to the recipe was to use provolone, which we prefer, over swiss. The roasted garlic mustard sauce is amazing.

Vinca August 21, 2014

This is NOT a Cuban Sandwich! Call it what it is. A turkey hoagie.<br/>A true Cuban sandwich is made with roasted fresh ham (pernil) or roast pork if fresh ham, is not available, serrano ham (if you can find it) or a close substitute, mustard, pickles, and butter on Cuban or French bread.

Miguel G. February 15, 2014

This is absolutely delicious. I did not have time to roast the garlic; I doubled the sauce and used about 1/2t of garlic powder instead. I also used a loaf of italian bread instead of hoagies and cut it thick; then grilled the sandwiches on my panini press. I will definitely be making these again!

Cook4_6 April 02, 2012