Thanks for joining me for this week’s #SundaySupper “Supper Bowl” event! Today, I’m sharing a recipe for one of my favorite kinds of sandwiches: the Cuban sandwich.
I love Cuban sandwiches. There used to be a fantastic Cuban restaurant not far from where I live, and I used to make excuses to drive through that area just so I could stop in and pick up a Cuban sandwich. When that restaurant closed, I was left with the choice of driving a really long way to the next closest Cuban restaurant, or coming up with something I could make at home to satisfy my Cuban sandwich craving.
I’m lucky enough to be able to get Cuban bread at my local grocery store, so finding the necessary ingredients wasn’t a problem. The problem came when I wanted to serve appetizer sized Cuban sandwiches to my family at a big get-together, but the Cuban bread loaves just didn’t divide up as easily as I would have liked.
The next time I made this recipe for a party, I decided to get a few bags of soft dinner rolls instead of Cuban bread. Of course, dinner rolls aren’t as authentic as using actual Cuban bread, but they’re certainly a lot easier to cut into individual portions.
Not only can you make a large batch of these all at once, but you can also do the preparation ahead of time and then just pop them in the oven when you’re ready. Perfect for any party, whether it’s a simple celebration or a lavish Big Game spread.
And thanks to Gallo Family Vineyards, I got to sample a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay with these Cuban Sandwich Sliders. With its notes of berries and cherries, the Pinot Noir made a very nice pairing, and the Chardonnay’s notes of citrus, vanilla, and oak were also a delicious match for these Cuban Sandwich Sliders. If you’d like to try either of these wines, you can use this helpful store locator.
I hope you’ll enjoy these little sliders as much as my family did. And if you’re planning to feed a crowd any time soon, be sure to check out all the other #SundaySupper “Supper Bowl” Appetizers in this week’s event! You’ll find the recipe links below this recipe.
In addition to appetizers, you might also like to have a dessert that you can prepare ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it on the big day. In that case, try these Make Ahead Brownies! They’re not only simple, but they also keep well and taste delicious.
- 1 dozen soft dinner rolls (do not pull apart)
- ¼ lb of sliced Swiss cheese
- ½ lb of thin sliced sweet ham
- ½ lb of sliced roast pork
- Regular (yellow) mustard
- Dill pickle slices
- 3 tablespoons of butter, softened
- Aluminum foil and a baking sheet
- Preheat the oven to 400. Lay out two sheets of foil; each should be larger than one group of 6 rolls.
- Using a serrated knife, horizontally cut through each group of rolls, creating a top and a bottom. Open up both groups of rolls and spread mustard all over the inside of the top and the inside of the bottom. On each bottom, layer half of the sweet ham, then half of the sliced pork, then slices of swiss cheese, and finally a layer of sliced dill pickles. Replace the top halves of the rolls.
- Carefully turn each group of sliders over so that the bottom is facing upwards. Gently rub the softened butter all over the bottom of the sliders and down the sides. Once the bottom is buttered, flip each group of sliders directly onto its own piece of foil. Then rub the butter over the tops of the sliders and down the sides.
- Once the sliders are thoroughly coated, place another piece of foil over the top of each group, then pinch or roll the edges of the top and bottom foil to seal the sliders inside.
- Place both foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip both packets over and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes before using your serrated knife to slice into individual sliders.
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
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