The Original Cuban Sandwich

No mayo. No lettuce or tomato. No turkey. A true Tampa Cuban is layered from bottom to top: ham, roast pork, salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. The better the quality of the ingredients, the better the sandwich. Good bread is essential, and La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City has supplied the Columbia for much of its history. The sandwich should not be overstuffed with ham, but carefully proportioned. 

Serves 1

  • 9" piece of Cuban bread

  • 4 ounces smoked ham, thinly sliced

  • 1½ ounces pork loin, thinly sliced

  • 1 ounce salami, thinly sliced

  • 1 ounce Swiss cheese

  • 2 pickle chips

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Cut Cuban bread in half lengthwise. Layer sliced meats and cheese in the following order: ham, pork, salami and then cheese. Place pickle chips evenly on top. Spread mustard on top half of bread. Heat sandwich in press until crisp. Cut diagonally from corner to corner. Serves 1. 

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Torres Sangre de Toro