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Best Cubano Recipe: from the film Chef


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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Cubano Sandwich Recipe from the film Chef

Cubano Sandwich Recipe: For breakfast this morning I had a very lucky family. They got my very own spin on the Cubano Sandwich Recipe from the film Chef. It’s one of my all-time favourite films. How could it not be, being such a foodie. Written, Directed, and lead role by the amazing John Favreau. That film was also a major influence on my new tattoos. Bless him!

Anyways to my Cubano Recipe from the film Chef. Cubano is a Cuban sandwich. It’s a style of a good old UK favorite of a ham and cheese sandwich. It apparently originated in Key West and Tampa, Florida in cafes that were catering for Cuban immigrant workers. It was then taken to Miami, and to this day it is still very popular. The sandwich is made with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. It was the popular dish they served from the food van in the film, and here is my version.

Best Cubano Recipe from the film Chef

Cubano Sandwich from the film Chef is a little fiddly, but very much worth the effort. It is a cracking dish, and everyone loved it for brekkie this morning. And I have to say how good does it look?

My griddle machine is broken though so I could only use our normal toaster – but it still came out damned good. I think you’ll agree. Here we go – you will need;

Best Cubano Sandwich Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 thick baguettes;
  • Pork loin;
  • Back bacon;
  • Smoked leg ham;
  • Sliced Swiss cheese;
  • Dill cucumbers;
  • American mustard;
  • Sweet paprika;
  • Salted butter.

Ready, set, go for your Best Cubano Sandwich Recipe;

  1. Drizzle some oil, and then sprinkle the pork loin with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and sweet paprika all over;
  2. Slow roast that for 3 hours at 90 degrees and set aside to rest;
  3. Cut the outer crust off the baguette, cut in half across, and half again lengthways to make thick slices;
  4. Melt the butter in a pan and then fry off the bread slices on both sides until golden brown and crispy – set aside;
  5. Slice up the pickles into thin slices and set aside;
  6. Fry the bacon until crispy, add in thinly sliced pork loin and chopped leg ham, and fry until crispy;
  7. Get your toasted bread and spread a thin layer of American mustard;
  8. Lay on a slice of Swiss cheese;
  9. Place the sliced pickles on top;
  10. Spoon over the slow roast pork slices, back bacon, and leg ham and squash it down;
  11. On goes another slice of Swiss cheese;
  12. Slap the final piece of toast on and again give it a good squash down;
  13. If you had a griddle you simply then bash in the sandwich and griddle until crispy golden brown and melted cheese;
  14. Cut in half and plate up.

Seriously how good does my Cubano Sandwich Recipe from the film Chef look? It is an absolute cracker of a dish. The whole of the family Kennett and BeBe raved about it. Get the film on, get an icy cold beer, and munch on your sandwich. Heavenly. Believe me, this is a belter of a dish for all the family. ENJOY!!!

People also asked about Best Cubano Sandwich Recipe

1What is a Cubano sandwich?A Cubano is a Cuban sandwich featuring ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and Cuban bread.
2How do you make authentic Cubano bread?Combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt, then knead, rise, and bake for the traditional Cuban bread used in Cubano recipes.
3What’s the secret to flavorful mojo-marinated pork?Marinate pork in a mix of citrus juices, garlic, oregano, and cumin for an authentic Cuban flavor in your Cubano sandwich.
4Can you suggest substitutes for Cuban bread?Use Italian or French bread if Cuban bread is unavailable; however, the unique texture of Cuban bread adds to the authentic experience.
5What types of pickles complement a Cubano?Dill pickles are classic, but experimenting with variations like bread-and-butter or spicy pickles can add exciting twists to your Cubano.
6Why is the Cubano sandwich called a “mixto”?Historically, the Cubano served as a mixto due to the mixed meats. Spanish speakers referred to it as a mixto, while English speakers called it a Cuban, after the people who enjoyed it.
7Is there a vegetarian version of the Cubano?Yes, substitute ham and pork with plant-based alternatives, and use vegan cheese for a delicious vegetarian Cubano.
8What’s the significance of mustard in a Cubano?Mustard adds a tangy kick, enhancing the flavor profile and balancing the richness of the meats and cheese in a Cubano sandwich.
9Are there regional variations of the Cubano?Yes, regional differences exist, with variations like the addition of salami in Tampa, influenced by its large Italian population.
10How can I achieve the perfect Cubano at home?Focus on quality ingredients, precise layering, and pan-pressing to achieve the iconic crispy exterior and melty interior of a classic Cubano.
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