Friday, September 4, 2009

Cubano Sandwiches

Monte Cubanos

For Christmas, JenFinn got me a subscription to Gourmet. The first episode I received was March 2009 and I could not stop drooling over a picture of the most delicious sandwich on the cover. It was one of the first recipes I planned on making for Raul's birthday aka my 24, 24, 24 party. However, after a night and morning of cooking, we were pretty tired and not really in the mood for any more batter. In a rare twist, the recipe in the magazine only makes one sandwich so I increased it by ten times the amount and then cut the sandwiches so that everybody at the party could enjoy some. Unfortunately, I didn't know until the day of the party that birthday boy is not a fan of pickles so I made some sandwiches without them. The exact origin of a real Cuban sandwich is unknown, but this is an interesting spin on them. Instead of mashing the garlic into a paste, I just chopped it which meant that some people bit into pieces of garlic, but since we were amongst friends, it was ok.

Monte Cubanos

Even if you think you don't like mayonnaise, do not skip that step. The garlic is amazing and it really ties the whole sandwich together.

Cubano Sans Pickles

Monte Cubanos
(Adapted from Gourmet, March 2009)

Makes 10 sandwiches

20 slices firm bread
1/4 cup yellow mustard
40-50 dill pickle rounds
20 slices black forest ham
20 slices smoked turkey
20 thin slices Swiss cheese
1 bulb garlic, cloves separated and peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4-1/2 cup unsalted butter

Spread 1 slice of bread with mustard and top with 4-5 pickles, 2 slices of each meat, and 2 slices of cheese. Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt, then mix with mayonnaise. Spread on remaining slice of bread and assemble sandwich.

Melt butter in a heavy medium skillet over medium-low heat. Cook sandwich, uncovered, until underside is well browned, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook remaining side, covered, until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 1 minute. Cut the sandwiches into quarters and serve warm.

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La Cuisine d'Helene said...

That's exactly my kind of sandwich and I do love mayonnaise. Beautiful!

daxphillips said...

The bread alone looks golden. Great work.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a gorgeous sandwich! It really looks delicious.

Erica said...

I love finding a recipe that I just CANNOT wait to make! Doesn't like pickles? Thats not right!

Diana said...

I sampled a cubano/media noche type sandwich for the first time this past Wednesday. The pickle was my favorite part! Yum! :)

Unknown said...

certainly a wonderful sandwich :) bet they're even better out of my own kitchen!

Reeni said...

These look fantastic! Love the garlic mayo!

Jenn said...

Looks like you made a lot there. I can help eat them, if you'd like. Yum!!! 8-D

Alicia Foodycat said...

This is definitely the sandwich for me!

test it comm said...

Those sandwiches look really good! I have been wanting to try making cubano sandwiches for a while.

Kerstin said...

My hubby would absolutely love these, they look awesome!

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RickyRae said...

My husband would luv these!!!!

kellypea said...

I am so addicted to these things. Seriously. The flavors are so fabulous together, but it's the pickle in the combo that sends me over the edge.

Simones Kitchen said...

I sometimes feel that I could easily live on sandwiches although having to miss all other stuff might not be an option... :)
This is one delicious looking sandwich!