Have you ever had a Cuban Panini? If not, I would highly recommend that you make an effort to get one on your plate soon. Cuban sandwiches or panini's are made with a combination of roast pork, grainy mustard, pickles and cheese.
The Rosemary and Garlic Infused Ham Roast was a perfect roast to use in one of my favorite sandwiches, the Cuban Panini. I reserved the juice from the bottom of the pan as a little extra treat, Au jus sauce for dipping the sandwich into. I don't think my husband could get enough of this flavorful sauce.
Cuban Panini with Pork Au Jus Sauce Loaf of focaccia bread mayonnaise grainy mustard slices of Rosemary and Garlic Infused Ham Roastthin slices of dill pickles swiss cheese olive oil for brushing on the focaccia loaf
I'm not providing quantities here for the list of ingredients because that is entirely dependent on the size of your focaccia loaf. This is a really simple sandwich to put together. Cut the focaccia loaf in half horizontally. Slather the inside of one half with mayonnaise and slather the inside of the other half with a grainy mustard. On the bottom half begin layering ingredients starting with slices of the ham roast, pickles, then another layer of cheese. Place the top of the loaf on top. Lightly brush both sides of the loaf with olive oil.
Place the sandwich in a panini grill on medium heat and grill for about 5-7 minutes until the sandwich is warmed through, the cheese is melted and you have beautiful grill marks on both sides.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.