Toasted bread, Slow cooked Mojo seasoned pork shoulder, creamy mustard, crunchy dill pickled and melted swiss cheese make this a delicious Cuban Sandwich with Mojo Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder. This sandwich pairs well with a lager or with a margarita like this great Blood Orange Margarita.
The Origin of the Cuban Sandwich
The Cuban Sandwich originated in cafes catering to Cuban workers in Tampa. It is believed that the sandwich was a regular lunch food for workers in Cigars and sugar mills in Cuba especially in Havana and Santiago de Cuba in the 1860s.
Later on, Cuban exiles and expatriates brought it to Miami.
The Sandwich consist of ham, Mojo roasted pork, mustard, Swiss cheese, and pickles. Salami is added in Tampa which makes it a Mixto but salami is not added in South Florida.
A “true” Cuban sandwich is made with Cuban Bread. Italian bread can be a substitute if you can’t find Cuban bread in your area.
Mojo Recipe for the Roasted Pork Shoulder
Mojo is part of the Caribbean cuisine. It is a citrus seasoned marinade that makes the pork shoulder tender and so flavorful. I usually make my own Mojo (Not a fan of those sold in stores). Find my take on the Mojo Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder recipe here.
Mojo Recipe :
- Juice from 2 of oranges, lemons and limes
- Minced Garlic
- Good Quality Olive oil ( I used Filippo Berio Garlic Olive Oil)
- Sea Salt
- Adobo Seasoning – You can find the Adobo Seasoning recipe here
- Sofrito (This is optional but it adds so much flavor to the pork) Find the recipe here.
In a bowl add all the ingredients (reserve about ⅓ cup of the marinade) except the olive oil. Then whisk the olive oil slowly until it is emulsified.
This recipe works with a 4 lbs. Pork Shoulder. Roasted it in the oven covered with foil at 325 degrees for 4 hours. Removed foil in the last hour. Pork should be tender. Let it rest.
Slice it or shredded and pour reserved marinate over it. Slow roasted pork is great with rice and beans or tacos.
Putting together the Cuban Sandwich with Mojo Slow Roasted Pork
Being a huge sandwich fan this is my favorite part. The step that takes the longest is roasting the pork. Everything comes together quick.
Since I didn’t have Cuban bread so I used Italian Sub Rolls.
Use a serrated knife to slice the bread lengthwise. With a butter knife spread a generous amount of Yellow Mustard. (It is supposed to be yellow mustard not any other kind but I sometimes use Dijon). Layer two sliced of ham then add the roasted pork and your sliced pickles. Last layer is the Swiss cheese.
The sandwich is toasted in a plancha. It is what makes this sandwich delicious and glorious.. A panini press is also a great choice.
I used a griddle pan in the stove.
Place the sandwich in the heated griddle. Press and flat it out by pressing a heavy cast iron skillet. Toast on both sides. Then cut in half diagonally. Cheese should be melted!
The Cuban Sandwich can be served with these Air Fryer Seasoned Fries with Spicy Mayo Ketchup
Cuban sandwiches are one of our favorites. It is always a hit!. This recipe works great when making sliders or mini sandwiches!
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Cuban Sandwich With Mojo Slow Roasted Pork
- Cutting Board + Knife
- Measuring Cup + Spoons
- Citrus Juicer
- 9×13 roasting pan
- 1 4 Lbs Pork Shoulder
- 2 Navel Oranges juiced
- 2 Lemons juiced
- 2 Lime juiced
- 1 tbsp Adobo Seasoning
- 2 tbsp Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp Adobo
- 1 tsbp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp Oregano
- 2 tbsp Sofrito
- ¼ cup Olive Oil Fillipo Berio Garlic Flavored Olive Oil
- 4 Italian loaves or French bread
- 8 Slices Ham
- 8 Slices Swiss Cheese
- Yellow Mustard
- Dill Pickle Slices
Mojo Marinade Recipe for the Pork Shoulder
- In a bowl add orange, lime and lemon juice.
- Add adobo, sofrito, oregano,sea salt, garlic
- Whisk Olive oil until it emulsifies.
- Reserve ⅓ cup of marinade.
Marinating the Pork
- In a roasting pan add pork shoulder and pour marinade all over. Making sure the pork is coated evenly.
- Cover with foil. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.
Roasting the Pork Shoulder
- Remove from the refrigerator. In a heated oven roast at 325 degrees for 4 hours. Remove the foil in the last hour.
- Take it out from the oven, let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Slice or Shred, pour over the reserved ⅓ of the marinade.
Assembling the Cuban Sandwich
- Slice the bread in half lengthwise.
- Spread a generous amount of Yellow mustard.
- Layer the ham, Swiss cheese and pickles.
- Toast on both sides in a Panini Press or a griddle in the stove pressing it with a cast iron skillet.
- Cut in half and enjoy!!!