Monday, December 19, 2011

Cuban Sandwiches - In Honor of Dexter

We celebrated the season finale of Dexter with Cuban sandwiches.  They were to die for...

Slice of Life Cuban Sandwiches
Recipe and photos by Bake Yourself Happy

Slice of Life Cuban Sandwiches

*NOTE - This recipe is for one sandwich

  • 6" Cuban bread, sliced in half (French or Italian will work too)
  • Yellow Mustard
  • 2 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 slices dill pickles (bread and butter can work too)
  • 2 oz Virginia ham
  • 2 oz Cuban Pork

  1. PLACE a large skillet over medium heat.  Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. SPREAD a generous amount of mustard on the bottom half of the bread.
  3. PLACE one slice of cheese on the mustard, followed by the pickles, ham, pork, another slice of cheese, and the remaining half of the bread.
  4. PLACE sandwich on the skillet.
  5. PLACE a second skillet on top of the sandwich, using a weight (we used our pressure cooker) to squish the sandwich down.  You want your Cuban to be a flat sandwich.  Toast here for roughly 3 minutes, until bread is toasted but not burnt.
  6. FLIP sandwich over.  Again, use a second skillet with a weight to squish the sandwich down.  Toast for roughly 3 minutes.
  7. ENJOY!


  1. These look so good, I need to make them sometime.

    Also, I saw you guys are on Pinterest, you should make a FoodGawker account too, it's like Pinterest but just for food!

  2. Nice instructions, thanks, but Dexter eats "medianoche" sandwiches, the recipe is virtually the same but made on a lovely soft sweet bread.

    He usually has his medianoch with a batido de mamey milkshake; good luck finding mamey fruit anytime soon, but I'd love to hear about substitute ingredients? (In the books, he usually gets both of these in sitting a booth at a favorite restaurant, Cafe Relampago.)

    1. Hi Anonymous - thanks for the comment! The medianoche is similar, and the bread we used was slightly sweet. Because it was not authentic, we went with a Cuban, not a medianoche.

      As for the batido de mamey - I've never had a mamey fruit, but I always imagined it similar to a mango. Some brief online searching shows a mango might be a suitable substitute - hopefully we'll have the chance to find out! Glad to see a comment from a fellow Dexter fan!