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Grilled Cuban Sandwich

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On paper the ingredients for a Cuban sandwich are fairly run of the mill—ham, Swiss, roast pork, mustard, and pickles—but when pressed and grilled together within a loaf of Cuban bread, sandwich magic happens. Coming from Cuban roots, Lourdes Castro, author of Latin Grilling, knows a thing or two about this particular sandwich. She's adapted an authentic version for those of us who don't have the luxury of living in prime Cuban sandwich territory, i.e., South Florida.

The sandwich fixings are piled into a large loaf of buttered Cuban bread and wrapped tightly in foil. Placed on a hot grill and pressed down to really smush everything together, the cheese gets oozy, the tart pickles mingle with roast pork, and the buttered crust of the bread crisps. Once everything has gotten all good and melty, the sandwich is unwrapped and grilled for a few minutes longer. Once your giant Cuban is cool enough to handle, all that's left to do is slice, serve, and enjoy this epic variation of ham and cheese.

Reprinted with permission from Latin Grilling: Recipes to Share, from Argentine Asado to Yucatecan Barbecue and More by Lourdes Castro, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

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