Cuban-Style Sandwiches (Cubano) with Smoked Pork Loin
Why This Recipe Works
The history of this sandwich is a little murky, but one story suggests that it started as lunch fare for cigar factory and sugar mill workers in Cuba, and when they moved to Florida cities like Key West, Tampa, and Miami, they brought the sandwich with them. Whatever the origin, this sandwich is satisfying and packed with flavor. It typically features ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on soft Cuban bread, but we found that slices of our Smoked Pork Loin could fill the roles of both pork products while potato rolls made a worthy stand-in for the harder-to-find traditional bread. Cubanos are traditionally pressed and toasted on a plancha; instead, we cook them in a hot skillet, weighted and toasted on the top side with the help of a preheated Dutch oven.