We are getting our pork on, thanks to Smithfield! All recipes and opinions are my own, so enjoy!
Normally, I am not much of a leftovers girl. I try to make only enough for the single meal and that’s about it. So, when challenged to whip up something equally amazing as my carnitas with the leftover pork, I thought this was a challenge I must accept! Bring on those leftovers, because we’re got an amazingly simple Cuban Sandwich Recipe all up in this biznatch that will literally blow.your.mind.
Simple Cuban Sandwich Recipe
For the Avocado Mayo
- 3/4 C Mayonnaise
- 1 Small Avocado, pitted and diced
- 1/3 C Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped
- Kosher Salt and Pepper, to taste
For the Cuban Sandwiches
- 3 C Leftover Pork Carnitas
- 12 oz Honey Ham, thin sliced
- 6 Slices Provolone Cheese
- 6 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 6 Kosher Dill Pickles, sandwich stacker variety
- 6 Slider Rolls
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a small bowl, add the mayo, diced avocado, and cilantro. Mash together until smooth, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice the slider rolls in half, then add a tablespoon of the dijon mustard to the bottom bun, followed by a slice of provolone cheese. Add the ham, then top with a heaping 1/2 cup of the leftover pork carnitas. Top with a pickle spear.
- Spread a generous layer of the avocado mayo on the top bun, then place on top of the sandwich. Places sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the meats are hot and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
If you remember, I made some amazing pork carnitas the other week using some Smithfield Boneless Netted Pork Shoulder Roast. Since it’s hand-trimmed and easy to prepare, it makes for super easy leftovers too! Be sure to check out the original recipe, because you definitely want those Latin flavors present in the meat for this Cuban sandwich recipe.
Normally Cuban sandwiches are pressed, but I wanted to simplify the recipe by just throwing some sliders in the oven to heat through, since not everyone has a sandwich press readily available. To be perfectly honest, I don’t own one myself, though I can improvise with a few different tools I do have on hand. This Cuban sandwich recipe is like a regular sandwich on overdrive. It’s the opposite of boring. The antithesis of plain. It’s a monument to flavor that comes together with such quickness it should be declared illegal!
OK, so I might be going a bit overboard, but you get the picture.
The standard basis of a Cuban sandwich is pork, ham, cheese, mustard, and pickles. I further delved into the realm of flavor by whipping up a delicious avocado mayo, and swapping plain yellow mustard for dijon. It’s a powerhouse sandwich, in a small slider form. Perfect for lunch, dinner, or any meal in between, just serve with some crunchy chips and enjoy! Smithfield has you covered with their Boneless Netted Pork Shoulder Roast and I’ve got you covered with these amazing recipes! Happy Eats!
Be sure to check out more recipe inspirations from Smithfield HERE!