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Not So Traditional Cuban Sandwich: What To Do With Leftover Pulled Pork

May 27, 2015
Brown Both Sides

Crispy, crunchy, yummy sandwiches are always welcome, right?  Thought so.  Today we have a take on a Cuban sandwich – and a great use of left over pulled pork.  Traditionally these are made with roasted sliced pork, but I know that every single time I’ve made pulled pork we always have leftovers. I made this the first time with that leftover pork and the texture and flavor from the slow roasted butt was a wonderful compliment to the sandwich.  This time we are making it with freshly roasted pork just in case you don’t have leftovers!



  • 8 oz roasted pork tenderloin (rub with your favorite spices and roast till done)
  • 4 oz sliced ham (four thick slices)
  • 8 sandwich sliced dill pickles
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 tsp yellow mustard
  • Hearty white bread, at least the size of the palm of your hand
  • Butter to cover 8 slices of bread


A word on bread. Everyone has a favorite and it’s completely subjective!  It’s hard to get good bread in a lot of areas, so just use a nice hearty loaf from the bakery section of the mega mart. Make sure slices will be at least as large as the palm of your hand (so NOT a skinny baguette).

Start with Good Bread

A word on shredded meat:  after baking, smoking, boiling, etc. ANY meat – simply pop it into the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment and turn it on low.  You get perfectly shredded meat and didn’t have to spend and hour with two forks trying to pull it apart!

Shred The Pork

Cut 8 slices of bread, half to three quarter inches thick. Butter one side of each piece.  Place them in your assembly area butter side down.

Add Yellow Mustard

Drizzle 1 tsp of mustard on 4 slices of bread. Cover mustard with pickles. Cover pickles with cheese. Cover cheese with pulled pork. Cover pork with ham (more pork!) top with another piece of cheese if desired or pop on the top (the other four slices of buttered bread).

Add Pickles

Add Swiss Cheese

Add Roast Pork

Butter the Bread

Heat a pan over medium high heat. Make sure one sandwich fits flat in the pan.  If you have a panini press please feel free to use it.  If you don’t, see the illustration below.  Make your own press, making sure to cover any rough areas (or pieces you don’t want to wash) with aluminum foil.

No Panini Press

Brown Both Sides

Brown sandwiches for 2-3 minutes preside until they are golden brown and the cheese is nice and melty.

Perfection!  Grab your beverage of choice and chow down!

Cuban Sandwich


4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2015 9:45 PM

    This looks delicious to me! We love cuban sandwiches.

    • May 28, 2015 7:53 AM

      Thanks! Let me know when you try this. I think the shredded pork makes them hold together a bit better than traditional ones too!

  2. May 28, 2015 1:37 AM

    I was looking for something to make for dinner tonight. My search is over. These look amazing!!

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