Sheet Pan Cubano Sandwich

Platter of Cubano Sandwiches

This Sheet Pan Cubano Sandwich with Cherry-Rhubarb Jam is the ultimate cubano sandwich recipe. Thinly sliced ham, cuban marinated pork and gruyere cheese are layered with pickles, mustard and a tart cherry-rhubarb jam and then baked on a weighted sheet pan, resulting in a crispy, delicious sandwich.

Rick is a sandwich person. I am not. When he gets a craving for something, he wants a sandwich. Me on the other hand, I’ll take a huge bowl of pasta… However, there’s one sandwich that can always win my heart – the Cubano.

By definition, the traditional Cuban sandwich starts with Cuban bread that’s sliced and lightly buttered or brushed with olive oil. A coating of yellow mustard is always included, as are pickles, sliced ham, swiss cheese and roasted pork. I just learned on Wikipedia that there’s also a bit of a controversy about whether the cubano sandwich should include salami as well… Mine does not.

But, my version of this Cubano Sandwich is bound to bring a whole new level of controversy to the mix, because I’m switching things up in a few ways:

  1. Using gruyere cheese instead of the traditional swiss variety.
  2. Spreading on some tart cherry-rhubarb jam.
  3. Baking the sandwiches instead of grilling them.

I mean, why not switch things up a bit and have some fun with the traditional Cubano Sandwich recipe? I thought that the gruyere cheese would make a delicious substitute for the swiss cheese. A bit less sharp, but with that same nutty creaminess, the melty gruyere was absolutely delicious with the tangy pickles and yellow mustard.

Layering on the flavors even more, I decided to spread on a tart cherry-rhubarb jam. That pop of fruit flavor with just a hint of sweetness was amazing with the sweet ham and the rich gruyere cheese. So good you guys! I was able to find the jam easily in my grocery store, however, if you can’t locate it, you can always swap in just plain cherry jam, or even raspberry. I’ll definitely be playing around with that flavor combination in the future too.

For my final twist on the traditional Cubano Sandwich, I decided to bake it, instead of grilling it in the traditional manner. If I had a panini press at home, I’d definitely go that route, but since I do not, I thought that baking these cubano sandwiches in the oven would do the trick. But the key part was adding some pressure on top of them to weight them down as they cooked away, resulting in that perfect crunchy exterior and the melty, delicious inside. To do that, I placed the sandwiches on a cookie sheet and then placed another cookie sheet on top of them. Then, on top of that, I placed a heavy cast iron skillet. Super simple to do with items you probably already have at home. No need to invest in a fancy panini press…

Overhead shot of cubano sandwiches ready for baking.

Most likely, you’ll not find cubano sandwich rolls in your local market. I did not. So instead, I used some torta rolls. Ciabatta, hero rolls or even a baguette would also work here.

As for the meat, I piled in some thin-sliced ham and cuban mojo-marinated pork that I had made in my Instant Pot the night before. I’d highly suggest making that cuban pork – it’s amazingly delicious. But, if you’re short on time, feel free to use store-bought roast pork. I used those long, thin sliced pickle slices in these sandwiches, and definitely gave them a good slathering of mustard.

Here’s a tip for you: To give them even more pickle flavor, and to ensure that the inside of the sandwich stayed moist as it cooked away, I also drizzled a bit of the pickle brine onto the cut side of the sandwich top as well.

bag of Tim's Chips next to cubano sandwiches.

To go alongside this amazing sheet pan cubano sandwich, I had to choose an amazing chip. What better to go with these tangy, pickle filled sandwiches than a pickle potato chip. I love these Vlasic® Dill Pickle Chips from Tim’s Cascade. They have the briny brightness of a pickle, a great crunch, and the perfect sprinkling of salt. Obviously a match made in heaven…

Platter of Cubano Sandwiches

Sheet Pan Cubano Sandwich with Cherry-Rhubarb Jam

Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 366 kcal
Author: Erin

This Sheet Pan Cubano Sandwich with Cherry-Rhubarb Jam is the ultimate cubano sandwich recipe. Thinly sliced ham, cuban marinated pork and gruyere cheese are layered with pickles, mustard and a tart cherry-rhubarb jam and then baked on a weighted sheet pan, resulting in a crispy, delicious sandwich.

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Ingredients

  • 4 torta rolls baguettes or hero rolls, split lengthwise
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons cherry-rhubarb jam
  • ½ pound thinly sliced cooked ham
  • ½ pound Cuban Mojo-Marinated Pork or store-bought roast pork
  • ¼ pound thinly sliced Gruyere Cheese
  • 6 dill pickles sliced, plus 4 teaspoons pickle juice
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Brush each top bread slice with 1 teaspoon pickle juice and mustard. Spread the jam on the bottom slices, then layer on the ham, pork, cheese, and dill pickles.
  3. Brush the top and bottom of the sandwich with melted butter and place on a baking sheet. Place a second baking sheet on top of sandwiches and press lightly. Place a large cast-iron skillet on top of baking sheets to press.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bread is golden and cheese is melted. Let cool slightly, then slice each sandwich in half on the diagonal and serve.

If you loved this Sheet Pan Cubano Sandwich I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your sandwich and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Nutrition Facts
Sheet Pan Cubano Sandwich with Cherry-Rhubarb Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 939mg 39%
Potassium 100mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Cubano Sandwich:

  • Try an Oregon Pinot Noir with this sandwich. Hints of red cherries, a bright acidity and soft tannins will pair well with the cherry jam, but won’t overpower the delicate flavors of the ham and gruyere cheese.
  • For a white wine option, I’d lean towards a Vinho Verde. Its bright acidity, and slight effervescence will be amazing with the tangy pickles and creamy cheese.

Stack of cubano sandwiches.

4 comments

  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    Way to go mixing up a traditional sandwich! I always appreciate inventive takes on an old favorite, although I’m not really a traditionalist. 🙂

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  2. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    I’m with you: I’m not normally a sandwich person. But, this Cubano sounds so flavorful, and I love the idea of using the meat from your IP Cuban Mojo-Marinated Pork recipe!

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  3. Kelsey

    I’ve never tried a cubano because I am very anti-pickle and mustard, but your version has enough going on that I think those ingredients could be removed and it still would have great flavor! I’ll have to try it!

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  4. Mary

    I’m totally with you when it comes to sandwiches, and my hubby is definitely like Rick (total sandwich lover!). I do have a weakness for a good cubano though. We smoke our pork (of course 😉 and I’ve found that Banh Mi rolls are perfect for these. They’re soft on the inside, but get nice and crispy on the outside, and easy to bite your teeth into and chew. Yum!

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