Garlicky Cuban Sandwich

Garlicky Cuban Sandwich

3 - 4 people
40 minutes
30 minutes
Elevate this classic and delicious sandwich to a whole new level with our Garlic Olive Oil and Garlic Mustard. The garlic combines with the fatty meats and sour pickles in the best of ways for this hot sandwich. It's sure to please any guests you have over this autumn!

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Ingredients and Method


  • 2 tbsp Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Orange juice
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 Garlic cloves (smashed)
  • 1 pound Pork tenderloin
  • 4 Cuban sandwich loaves (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 stick Unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup Garlic Mustard
  • 1 pound Smoked ham (sliced)
  • 4 large Dill pickles (thinly sliced crosswise)
  • 8 ounces Swiss cheese slices
  • Kosher salt (to taste)


  1. Roast Pork: Preheat the oven to 450 F, line a sheet pan with foil. Combine the garlic olive oil, orange juice, brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and crushed garlic. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the tenderloin, tossing to coat. Cover and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer the tenderloin to the prepared sheet pan and pour the marinade over top. Roast until the pork has reached an internal temperature of 140°, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes, then carve into slices on a bias.
  3. Assemble the sandwiches: Rub the outer side of the top and bottom of each loaf with 1 tablespoon of the softened butter and arrange, butter-side down, on a cutting board. Spread 2 tablespoons of mustard on the inside of each piece of bread. On the bottom half of each loaf, layer a quarter of the ham, followed by a quarter each of the pickle slices, roast pork and cheese. Season with a pinch of salt and close with the top half of the bread. Repeat the process.
  4. Heat up a panini press or hot skillet. Then, working in batches, press the sandwiches until golden brown and the cheese has melted, 5 to 6 minutes. If using a pan, use a heavy pot or plate to weigh down. Transfer to a board and cut each one in half and serve.