Authentic Cubano Sandwich

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    For the Pork

    • 5 lbs boneless pork shoulder
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
    • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
    • 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and gently smashed with the side of your knife
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 1 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
    • 2 limes, juiced
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 2 bay leaves

    To Make each Sandwich

    • 1 Cuban or Subway style roll
    • Yellow mustard
    • Medium sliced Cuban pork
    • 2 slices Swiss cheese per sandwich
    • Bread and butter pickles
    • Thin sliced deli ham
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Butter


    1. Season the pork with salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven and brown the pork on all sides.
    2. At this point you can continue to cook in the Dutch oven or move the pork to a slow cooker.
    3. Add garlic and chili flakes and stir until fragrant; add the onions and brown slightly before adding the pork, orange juice, lime juice, stock and bay leaves.
    4. Cook covered in a 300 degree oven until tender or on low heat for 4-6 hours in the crockpot.
    5. When done allow to cool in juices before removing and slicing.

    To prepare Cuban sandwiches:

    1. Split bread in half then layer the sandwich with mustard, cheese, pickles, ham, pork then cheese again.
    2. Season with salt and pepper in between the ham and pork layers. Drizzle a little of the pork braising liquid over the meat as well.
    3. I used a Panini press to grill my sandwiches but if you don't have one, you can use a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat.
    4. Butter the press place the sandwiches on the surface and press down firmly until the sandwich has compressed to about a third of its original size. Cook the sandwiches about 5 minutes per side until browned and cheese has melted. They should be 'smushed' and crispy.
    5. {If using a skillet, butter the skillet, put in sandwiches and top with another buttered heavy skillet filled with heavy weights - cans of tomatoes work well; flip halfway throough cooking)
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