Thanksgiving Cuban Sandwich

Thanksgiving cuban sandwich recipe

The Spruce Eats / Nita West

Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Total: 21 mins
Servings: 4 servings

The recipe for this Cuban sandwich uses Thanksgiving leftovers to make an insanely delicious version of the Latin sandwich. Unlike the traditional crisp and thin version made on a griddle, this hearty holiday rendition is stacked high with thick slices of freshly-roasted turkey breast and sweet honey baked ham, tart cranberry sauce, dill pickles, yellow mustard, and creamy melted Swiss cheese.


  • 1 loaf Cuban bread
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup pickles (chopped)
  • 1/4 pound Swiss cheese (sliced)
  • 1/2 pound leftover roasted turkey breast (or sliced deli meat)
  • 1/2 pound leftover honey baked ham (or sliced deli meat)
  • 4 tablespoons cranberry jam (or chutney)
  • 4 pats salted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    Ingredients for Thanksgiving cuban sandwich
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  2. Slice the loaf of Cuban bread in half and smother one side with yellow mustard.

    Slice bread
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  3. Add chopped pickles and cover with the slices of Swiss cheese spaced equally apart.

    Add chopped pickles
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  4. Top with the roasted turkey breast, then the honey baked ham.

    Top with turkey
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  5. On the other half of the loaf, smear the cranberry jam and close the sandwich.

    Smear cranberry sauce
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  6. Coat the outside with butter.

    Coat outside with butter
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  7. Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet.

    Wrap sandwich in foil
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  8. Take something heavy like a cast iron skillet or an aluminum-wrapped brick and press the sandwich down.

    Cast iron pan on top of bread
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  9. Put the baking sheet with the wrapped sandwich and heavy item in the oven and cook for about 12 to 16 minutes or until the bread is crisped up and the cheese has melted.

    Cuban sandwich
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  10. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve and enjoy
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  • If you don't have any Cuban bread on hand, you could easily use a different form, such as yeast rolls or muffins.