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Sep 5, 2008

Cuban Sandwich

From Ingrid Hoffman

1/2 cup raisins
1 cup pitted Spanish green olives, coarsely chopped
1 small shallot, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 Cuban sandwich or hoagie sandwich rolls, halved lengthwise
4 tablespoons mayonnaise, or more to taste
4 tablespoons yellow mustard, or more to taste
8 slices baked ham
8 slices deli roasted pork
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Put the raisins, olives, shallot, vinegar, and oil in the bowl of a food processor. Puree until well combined. Transfer the olive mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days before using.

Open the bread like a book and spread each side with the mayonnaise and mustard. Lay 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of roast pork on 1 side of the roll. Top with 2 slices of cheese. Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive-raisin relish over the cheese. Bring the tops and bottoms of the sandwich together.

Wrap 4 bricks in aluminum foil and place in a 500 degree F oven for 15 minutes.

Melt the butter in a large skillet or griddle pan over medium heat (if your skillet isn't large enough you may need to cook the sandwiches in 2 batches). Place the sandwiches in the skillet and press down with the hot bricks for 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is flat and browned.

Excellent alongside Avocado, Artichoke Hearts and Heart of Palm Salad served in Lettuce Wraps

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