Thanksgiving Cuban Sandwich

Thanksgiving cuban sandwich recipe

The Spruce Eats / Nita West

Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Total: 21 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
482 Calories
20g Fat
36g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 482
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1052mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 316mg 24%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 354mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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. No leftover turkey and ham? You can also use your favorite combination of sliced deli meat.


  • 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, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 pound leftover honey baked ham, thinly sliced

  • 4 tablespoons cranberry jam, or chutney

  • 2 tablespoons 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.