• Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

By Andrew Zimmern

This recipe is inspired by the harmonious, addictive flavors of a Cuban sandwich—a combination of pork, ham, pickles, mustard and melted cheese. Instead of a pressed sandwich on Cuban bread, we’re making it grilled cheese-style with a buttery crust and an extra dose of melty gruyere for good measure. It’s not a traditional Cuban, and it’s not a traditional grilled cheese, but no matter what title you give it, you can’t argue that it’s delicious. I can’t think of a better way to use up leftover roasted or smoked pork.

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Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 ounces leftover pulled pork or roasted pork
  • 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Dill pickle chips
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard



Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.

Spread the softened butter on the outside of each bread slice.

Place the buttered side of the bread down on your work surface, and top with a layer of ham and pork, then shredded Swiss, gruyere cheese, and pickles. Spread a thin layer of mustard on the top slice of bread and place it on top of the sandwich, buttered side up.

Griddle the sandwiches until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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