|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 22g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||54%|
|Total Carbohydrate 108g||39%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||15%|
|Total Sugars 8g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||20%|
|*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.|
The recipe for this Cuban sandwich (aka Cubano) uses Thanksgiving leftovers for a clever way to use up all that turkey that you're bound to have. Turkey takes the place of the customary pork (ham remains) to make an insanely delicious version of the beloved indulgence.
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 to the same effect.
This recipe makes one large sandwich, so feel free to share it, or save some for later if you just can't finish it. Wrap any leftovers and keep them in the fridge for a day or so, reheating in the oven to re-crisp it as needed.
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Slice the loaf of Cuban bread in half and smother one side with yellow mustard.
Add chopped pickles and cover with the slices of Swiss cheese spaced equally apart.
Top with the roasted turkey breast, then the honey baked ham.
On the other half of the loaf, smear the cranberry jam and close the sandwich.
Coat the outside with butter.
Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet.
Take something heavy like a cast iron skillet or an aluminum-wrapped brick and press the sandwich down.
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.
Serve and enjoy!
- If you don't have any Cuban bread on hand, which is typically a little bit sweet, you could use an Italian loaf; a softer French baguette would also be a good substitute. Barring that, you could take it in a different direction altogether and use yeast rolls or muffins.
- Cuban sandwiches are typically served with pickles and chips, but for this version, you could serve it with some leftover cranberry sauce.
Do Cuban sandwiches have mayo?
A true Cubano will not have mayonnaise but instead mustard, and usually the bright yellow kind you'd typically put on a hot dog.