Living in Wyoming, I haven’t found anywhere to get a good Cuban sandwich.  So I decided to try my hand at making my own.  I call it “not quite a Cuban” because you are supposed to use sliced roast pork, but I couldn’t find any.  (Unless I made it myself.  But I couldn’t wait that long.  Have you ever gotten a taste for something and wanted it right now?  Happens to me all the time.)  Long story short, I decided to substitute sliced roast beef instead.  It still tastes similar in the sandwich and is loved by all members of my family.

Here’s what you will need:

French bread (since I couldn’t find Cuban bread either), sliced roast beef, sliced black forest ham (this is the best ham), sliced swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard, a griddle for frying, butter for the griddle, and a heavy pan for flattening the bread (which I forgot to show.  Another blonde moment!  They seem to show up on every post.)


Preheat your griddle to 350 degrees.  Cut the bread in half and then lengthwise


Spread the mustard over the bread


Layer the black forest ham, roast beef, swiss cheese and pickles


Butter the hot griddle


Place your sandwich on the griddle in the yummy melted butter, put your heavy pan on top and press down.  (I used cast iron. That’s about as heavy as they come.)  Let your bread form a hard crust and then flip over and repeat process.   You know it is done when the cheese is all gooey and the bread is crusty!


Serve with your favorite Chips!