After years of trying them, I have had very few excellent Cuban sandwiches. They always seem dry. My version here may not be traditional, but everyone likes it. I use soft, sweet challah bread rather than the traditional baguette-style bread. When you toast it, the sandwich still gets crispy on the outside, but the bread stays soft and moist inside. For a group of friends, split the whole loaf in half lengthwise and make one big sandwich on a large griddle or extra-large panini press. I’ll take those melters, Gruyère and Gouda, over dry Swiss cheese any day. And for the ham, I have no idea why people use the least flavorful deli ham available. A good Virginia-style pit ham — a little sweet and a little smoky — will never steer you wrong. Just don’t slice it paper-thin: It should have some chew when you bite into it. And for the roast pork, I use moist and juicy Slow-Cooked Pork Barbacoa. The signature flavor of mojo, Cuba’s orange and olive oil sauce, comes in the form of mojo mayonnaise. The mayo helps to carry those citrus flavors through the entire sandwich. — Kevin Gillespie, author of Pure Pork Awesomeness.
Rosemary butter, white Cheddar, and ham combine for a salty, flavor-packed grilled cheese that is elevated and oh-so-simple to make.This recipe is courtesy of Tillamook and Heidi Gibson & Nate Pollak of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco.
Though it may seem unusual, sweet multigrain bread, gooey Cheddar cheese, and an herbaceous, salty pesto create an irresistible sandwich.This recipe is courtesy of Tillamook and Matt Breslow of The Grilled Cheese Gril in Portland, Oregon.
The beauty of a traditional Cubano is the balance of meat, cheese, and dill pickles. This recipe from Havana Central is a careful ratio of all of three, and adds a spicy garlic mojo into the mix for an extra kick of flavor.
Guests will love this simple shortbread cookie sandwich using your leftover Trefoil cookies. Spread a dollop of Nutella or chocolate-hazelnut spread and then add a toasted marshmallow for a delicious cookie sandwich treat.
Proof that grilled cheese isn’t just cold-weather food, this delicious version, courtesy of GoGo squeeZ, uses juicy tomatoes and basil pesto.Click here for more of our best grilled cheese sandwich recipes.
This hot American sandwich is truly a classic recipe with corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and creamy Russian or Thousand Island dressing all on fresh rye bread. You can make this into a Rachel Sandwich by substituting the pastrami for the corned beef, and serve both of them at your next luncheon.
Have you ever had a croissant bun? Other than the ones we make for La Boulange, you can't find them anywhere, so it's not really a fair question, and this photo is a bit of a tease. A brioche bun, any kind of soft burger bun, or the traditional hot dog roll works well with this sandwich.
Ah, hot sopressata, fresh mozzarella, basil, perfectly crusted baguette, and cheap olive oil — what more could you possibly ask for? Not much. Note the use of unsalted mozzarella here, since the sopressata already contains plenty of salt.
See all sandwich recipes.
Click here to see 11 Easy Appetizer Recipes.