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Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe

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I would love to make a traditional Cuban sandwich, but swapped out the bread and created this Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe. Same flavorful filling, but with an easier bread to locate far, far from the Caribbean.

Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe | An out of this world "grilled pork and cheese" sandwich!

Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe

I’d been dying to make a Cubano sandwich for years. Ever since we ate at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Florida, years ago. Obtaining a loaf of Cuban bread was holding me back. That is, until I decided what the heck, I’ll just wing it with what I can find. So ciabatta it was!

Purists will certainly gasp, but short of baking my own loaf, I was resigned to not finding “exotic” ingredients in my Midwest hometown. So a ciabatta Cubano sandwich recipe was born.

Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe | An out of this world "grilled pork and cheese" sandwich!

The Traditional Cuban Sandwich

An authentic Cuban sandwich is made on a specialized bread with a crisp exterior and soft interior, which is then coated with mustard, layered with cheese, pickles, ham, roast pork, then another layer of cheese. This sandwich is then pressed and grilled to perfection!

After marinating a pork shoulder with orange and lime juices, garlic, cumin and oregano, it was roasted until it was fork tender. After it cooled, I pulled out my panini press and gathered the Cubano sandwich ingredients.

Piping hot, with cheese oozing out the sides, I couldn’t wait to take a bite. I was not disappointed. All the delicious flavors danced together beautifully. I was still smitten. So was the hubby, though I saw him pull out the garlic dill pickle slices.  Those sweet midgets he’s so fond of just wouldn’t work in these sandwiches….or maybe I should try them next time???

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Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe | An out of this world "grilled pork and cheese" sandwich!

Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe

I would love to make a traditional Cuban sandwich, but swapped out the bread and created this Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe. Same flavorful filling, but with an easier bread to locate far, far from the Caribbean.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Entree, Sandwich

Ingredients

Cuban Roast Pork:

  • 3 pound pork shoulder roast
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For sandwich:

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 23 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 23 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 pound sliced deli ham
  • Sliced garlic pickles
  • 1/41/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese (I used 1/4 pound)

Instructions

Combine the garlic, cumin, pepper, oregano, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Place the pork and marinade in a large Ziploc bag and refrigerate at least two hours or overnight, flipping a few times.

To roast, preheat oven to 275°. Line a [easyazon_link identifier="B00282JL7G" locale="US" tag="thskchcaba-20"]rimmed baking sheet[/easyazon_link] with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place pork plus some of the marinade on the pan and fold up the top layer of foil, crimping the edges together while leaving an air pocket inside the foil.  Place in oven and roast for 3 hours.

At the 3 hour mark, open the foil, and set the oven to 325°. Roast 2-3 more hours, basting on occasion until the meat is fall apart tender. Remove pork from the oven and let the pork rest until it’s cool enough to shred into bite-sized pieces, discarding excess fat.

To make sandwiches, cut the ciabatta in half lengthwise.

Mix together equal amounts of the mayonnaise and Dijon and spread on one half of the loaf. Top with a layer of cheese, then sliced ham, shredded pork, pickles, and then more cheese. Top with the other half of the bread.

Cut into slices and grill on your [easyazon_link identifier="B002PY6X1E" locale="US" tag="thskchcaba-20"]panini maker[/easyazon_link] or cook in a skillet weighing down the top of the sandwich with a cast iron pan or another weight. Sandwiches are ready when the cheese is melted and the meat is warm.

Notes

Roast pork recipe adapted from Serious Eats.

Save any excess pork for quesadillas, tacos, etc.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 897kcal
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 1237mg
  • Fat: 52g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 64g
  • Cholesterol: 201mg
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23 comments on “Ciabatta Cubano Sandwich Recipe”

  1. wow look at that oozing out cheese..I am drooling terribly here.

  2. Your text has made me change my shopping list dear ! Thank you ; Cubano it is !

  3. This is totally irresistible! WOW love everything in it and that cheese mama mia!

  4. I love Cubans and think it’s just fine to meld cultures a bit. I’m certain ciabatta would make a wonderful Cuban!

  5. I love ciabatta Lizzy and this looks wonderful, Im humgry (lunch time here)
    hugs!

  6. This sounds great, Liz! I first had a Cuban sandwich in Key West many years ago and thought it was out of this world delicious. I’ve tried to duplicate it, but haven’t yet. Maybe this is the recipe that will do it. Thanks for sharing

  7. Yep, wish this was in front of me right now:@)

  8. I haven’t made these in years! But I sure love a good Cuban and I love the Columbia restaurant too. We’ve eaten at the one in Clearwater a few times. Good mojitos too. I couldn’t find the ‘correct’ bread either and settled for an Italian loaf with the crust cut off the top. I bet your’s tastes divine!

  9. Wow – that roasted pork sounds amazing!!! Your sandwich looks super delicious. We will have to try a Cubano sandwich when we travel to Florida this year (I’ve never had one)!

  10. Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me what bread do you make the sandwich on. It looks delicious!

  11. There’s nothing I love more than a good sandwich on ciabatta. This looks wonderful!

  12. Cubanos are my favourite sandwich, there is just something so dreamy about the combination of flavours! We made cubanos years ago after watching the movie Chef, which is largely about a Chef opening a food truck specializing in making Cubanos, thank goodness we had the ingredients at home otherwise we would have been up the river without a paddle! Your use of a chiabatta is wonderful, i just used a home made French stick, it was good but it didn’t have the chew of a ciabatta!

  13. Liz, I can’t stand it! Had a huge cooking day yesterday so am not cooking today, but I want this sandwich right this minute!

  14. Yet to have a Cuban sandwich and I will be more than happy to have your ciabatta version of it 😀

  15. I love the sound of the pork! Don’t know why but I’ve never liked ham but this sandwich always sounds so good! Funny how food memories stay with a person!

  16. I’ve only had grilled Cuban sandwiches in restaurants, but I think your ciabatta Cuban looks delicious! I will definitely make this recipe at home, Liz!

  17. I had my first Cubano over 20 years ago while visiting our daughter at MSU and it was amazing. I know this one will be as well.

  18. This is the kind of sandwich that you don’t want to share because it is way too good. Loving that cheesy goodness. Thinking of getting a head start on the pork today and starting it in the slowcooker and then maybe toasting it up a bit in the oven at the end to save some time. Pinned!

  19. I’m not much of a sandwich person, but when I do eat one, this is the one I want!

  20. The bread gods in Italy and Cuba will forgive you, Liz. By the looks of it, I think any nationality could adjust to that sandwich. It’s much more appealing to me than a boring old ham/cheese sandwich which is what I am making far too often. Pickle or not pickle, doesn’t matter. Fine looking sandwich.

  21. I made the roast pork for Sunday Supper and am making this with the leftovers! I live in Laguna Beach, CA where latin flavors are not hard to find, but I could not find Cuban bread either. I got the par baked ciabatta from Trader Joe’s and these turned out amazing!

    We also fell in love with the Cuban food at La Columbiana in Ybor City … such a cool restaurant!

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