Cuban Press

Recipe by kitty.rock
READY IN: 20mins


  • 1
    loaf Cuban bread, sliced in half lengthwise (or French bread)
  • 1
    (8 -12 ounce) jar hamburger dill pickles or (8 -12 ounce) jar sandwich stacker dill pickle slices
  • 1
    lb thinly sliced cuban roast pork
  • 1
    lb thinly sliced sweet cured ham
  • 1
  • 3
    tablespoons soft butter (optional)
  • yellow mustard (optional)
  • vegetable oil cooking spray


  • Preheat sandwich press (see note below if you do not have a sandwich press).
  • Cut bread loaf into 6-inch long pieces. Spread cut sides of bread with butter if desired, or mustard, or both.
  • On the bottom slices of bread, layer sandwiches with generous portions of pickles, pork, ham, and cheese, in that order.
  • Place top bread slices on sandwiches, and coat both top and bottom bread slices (outer surfaces) with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Grill the sandwich for 4 to 5 minutes (2 to 3 minutes per side if using skillet and an iron pan for weight), or until bread is golden brown, cheese is melted, and sandwich is flattened.
  • Cut each sandwich on the diagonal and serve with plantain chips.
  • NOTE: Home cooks often have to improvise as many don't own sandwich presses. A waffle iron, panini grill, George Foreman grill, or bacon press will work. People have been known to cook the sandwich in a skillet and press it with a heated cast-iron frying pan or even a heated brick wrapped in aluminum foil.