Cuban Sandwich Recipe

Tanya Schroeder | Lemons for Lulu

Cuban Sandwich is exactly the sandwich your table needs today. Lunch or dinner, you'll love it!

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My kids recently discovered the movie The Mask. While all three kids thought this movie was hysterical, this movie seemed to really speak to my 10 year-old son. It wasn’t so much the movie itself as it was Jim Carrey’s physical comedic style.

I think this movie made my son realize that it’s not always what you say that gets a laugh, but it’s HOW you say it. Exaggerated movements and silly accents can be really funny. To my son, the class clown, this movie was downright educational.

The biggest take-away for my son was the Cuban Pete song. Not only has my son remembered every single word, but also he can recall every dance move, facial expression and “aye yai yai”. The similarities are a little uncanny and downright unnerving.

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Every time my son sang that song, the word Cuban made me think of Cuban sandwiches. I’ve never actually tried an authentic Cuban sandwich. But I've made Cuban casseroles before with great success!

Traditionally, Cuban sandwiches are made with Cuban bread, ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. I’m not a big Swiss cheese eater and I could not find Cuban bread, so I had to improvise.

I used slightly sweet Hawaiian bread in my Cuban sandwich along with thick ham slices, roasted pork, mild and creamy Havarti cheese, pickles and my own honey mustard dressing.

Cuban Sandwich Image

This sandwich is a must if you ever have leftover roasted pork! If you do not have pork handy, roasted turkey breast slices would work in a pinch. The flavors would be different, but different can be good!

This sandwich is downright addicting! I personally loved the sweet honey mustard with tangy pickles. The creamy cheese partnered well with the salty ham and the roasted pork brought a unique roasted flavor and a hardy texture to this sandwich. My son can keep his Cuban Pete; I’ll keep the sandwich!

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Cuban Sandwich Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 4 teaspoons Butter
  • 8 slices Sweet Hawaiian Bread
  • 4 slices Ham, Thick-cut
  • 4 ounces Roasted Pork
  • 4 slices Havarti Cheese
  • 8 Sandwich Pickle Slices
For the Honey Mustard:
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Grain Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey


  1. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Spread a half a teaspoon of butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Place 4 slices of bread, buttered side down onto hot grill pan.
  3. Layer a slice of ham over each piece of bread, followed by pork, cheese slices, pickles and a teaspoon of honey mustard dressing. Place remaining bread slice on top (buttered side up).
  4. Grill sandwich for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Serve immediately.


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Author: Tanya Schroeder
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 184
Calories 495

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 1762mg
Total Carbohydrate 37g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 11g
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tanya Schroeder

About Tanya

Tanya covers every kind of meal on Lemons for Lulu. As our Sandwiches fanatic, she's going to wow you with Sandwich greatness, proving there's more to it than just bread, cheese, and meat.

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