The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke
Date:March 24, 2009 Favorite:Panini Viewing:Click on THUMBNAIL to bring up larger image with captions. There will also be controls for manual or self running slide show. Learn More:ClickHERE to jump to additional Info about this recipe.
The ingredients are gathered. I couldn’t find Cuban rolls, so the recipe suggested Portuguese sweet rolls which were an interesting switch
Slices of Black Forest ham, provolone cheese, pork & dill pickles plus butter, Dijon mustard & freshly chopped cilantro
The outside of the rolls receive butter, the insides start with Dijon mustard, then cheese, then the ham...
The top roll gets the cilantro and the ham is topped with sliced pork
The pork is topped with sliced pickle
The pickle is topped with more provolone cheese and the top roll
The sandwiches are in the Steven Raichlen grilled panini holders while the grill is heated to medium low heat
The sandwiches take about 4 to 5 minutes on the grill under medium low. It is important not to set the heat too high or the bread will cook too fast
The Cubanos are ready as are the olive oil, rosemary & garlic fries
The Potuguese rolls I found were the perfect size for these paninis and added a nice sweet taste to the mix.
The Cubano paninis were a nice blend of sweet, salty and spicy
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Another sandwich recipe from my new Panini cookbook is the classic Cuban. Slices of ham, pork & provolone cheese with mustard & pickle slices on a Portuguese sweet roll was the starting point. This recipe added some freshly chopped cilantro to the mix. After a quick 10 minute toast on the gas grill and it is time to eat. I’ll mention it was only 30 degrees when I did this, but the only adjustments needed was a longer warm up time. The recipe had suggested the Portuguese sweet roll as a substitute if you couldn’t find a Cuban roll and it was an interesting switch as was the addition of cilantro. I plan to make this again using a Cuban roll when I locate a source.
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