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Mom's Cuban Sandwich


Restaurant: Mom’s Restaurant Fort Myers Beach

Serves: 1

1 loaf Cuban bread, sliced lengthwise

½ stick (¼ cup) unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons yellow mustard, or to taste

1½ pounds boiled ham, sliced

1½ pounds roasted pork, sliced

1 pound Swiss cheese, sliced

1 cup dill pickle chips, or to taste

Aluminum foil

Spread 2 tablespoons butter on half of bread and a thin layer of mustard on the other. Place 1 to 2 layers of ham, pork, cheese and, lastly, pickles on buttered bread. Top with the mustard-spread bread. Smear remaining butter on outside of sandwich. Wrap completely in aluminum foil.

Heat grill to high (550 F) and close lid. Wait at least 15 minutes before lowering heat to medium-high (450 F). With your hands, press on sandwich to flatten it. Place wrapped, flattened sandwich on grill and top with a brick, grill press or another heavy, heat-resistant object. Close lid and grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Remove wrapped sandwich from grill and take off foil. Return sandwich to grill and grill for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until both pieces of bread are crispy and golden brown. Remove sandwich from grill. Cut at an angle into small sandwich wedges (triangles). Place on large platter and serve while hot.

Mom's Restaurant, 2450 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach; 239-209-0707;