Celebrate National Cuban Sandwich Day–or any day–with a grill-pressed Cubano sandwich! For our recipe, we decided to stick with a traditional Cuban sandwich build on soft Cuban bread layered with sliced mojo-marinated roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and paper-thin slices of dill pickle grill-pressed under a heavy sandwich press until buttery-crisp on the outside and melty-rich on the inside.
So beloved, the Cubano not only has a National Cuban Sandwich Day named in its honor, it also has an entire festival devoted solely to all things “Cuban Sandwich”. The International Cuban Sandwich Festival, held annually in Tampa, includes Cuban music and dance, cultural vendors and of course-cutthroat culinary competitions for bragging rights for best historic and non-traditional Cuban sandwich.
Originating in Cuba as a common lunch for sugar mill and Cuban cigar workers, this sandwich recipe eventually made its way through the Florida Keys to the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa to become the sandwich we know today as a traditional Cubano. This culture-rich sandwich, influenced by Cuban, Italian, German, Jewish and Spanish immigrants, has become a menu favorite in restaurants across the country. But it’s just as easy to make at home with our kitchen-tested recipe. ¡Buen Provecho!
Watch our quick how-to video, too!