Recipe designed by You Baby Me Mummy
It is quite apparent from first viewing that I’m no stranger to a sandwich or two – I’ve been a fan since I was a child. However it’s only in recent years, with the appearance of various shows on satellite television, that I’ve realised how poor the UK’s sandwiches are compared to those consumed in the US.
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Don’t get me wrong, I’m very partial to a cheese and Marmite or a ham and tomato but the whole attitude to sandwiches is vastly different. It seems to me that, to us, a sandwich is something that is thrown down our necks at lunchtime so we can get back to work quickly; the original fast food I suppose.
The Americans, however, can elevate the humble sandwich in to something quite spectacular; the phrase that always comes to my mind is ‘Scooby snack’, but that’s probably just my age!
We were asked to create and test a Cubanos and I must admit, it wasn’t a sandwich I was familiar with. Having had a quick look on the internet, my taste buds were off and so was I to try to find the most authentic ingredients I could find. Unfortunately, Cuban bread is hard to come by in West Berkshire so I had to improvise on a few things.
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 large wide loaf French bread (not baguette), halved lengthwise and quartered into 8 small slices
8 slices Swiss cheese
4 to 6 slices deli-style ham
5 to 6 ounces thinly sliced pork (roast, chop or pulled)
4 tablespoons butter, softened
- Whilst my cast-iron pan was heating up, I assembled the beast; layering the cheese, pork, ham and pickles on the Ciabatta bread (the closest I could find to the type of bread needed) which had been coated with the mayo/mustard mixture.
- My pan was now ready but something struck me; it probably would have been an idea to butter the outside of the bread before cramming it full of goodies as any attempt to turn it now was going to result in sandwich ingredients all over the floor and two very happy dogs!
- With some assistance, however, the buttering was successful and the sandwich went in the pan. I didn’t have a second heavy pan with which to press down so I did it manually with a large frying pan.
- Flipped and golden brown, it was removed, sliced and demolished (I feel I should point out that I didn’t eat it all)!
In hindsight, I think it could have done with another minute or two on the heat as I don’t think the cheese was melted quite enough. Nevertheless, it was very tasty but then, how could it not be with all those lovely ingredients?