No need to make a trip to Havana to capture the vibrancy of Cuban cuisine. This Turkey Cuban Sandwich is tangy, zesty and packed with flavor all in one bite.
1 15-inch Cuban bread loaf (sub Italian or French bread)
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c orange juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb turkey breast or tenderloin, sliced thin (can also sub deli turkey for convenience)
1 lb deli ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
1 c pickle chips
1/4 c mustard
1 tbsp butter
Place the olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Marinade turkey in the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
Preheat a grill or skillet to medium high heat.
Add the turkey and cook for 7-9 minutes per side or until a meat thermometer registers 165°F.
Let the turkey rest for 5 minutes, then thinly slice the meat.
Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Cut the bread crosswise into 4 equal sized pieces.
Place 2 cheese slices on the bottom pieces of bread. Top with layers of turkey, ham and pickles.
Add the rest of the cheese on top of the pickles. Spread the mustard over the top pieces of bread, then place the tops on each sandwich.
Melt the butter in a pan. Place one sandwich in the pan. Use a heavier pan, such as a cast iron skillet to press down on the sandwich. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted. Repeat the process with the remaining sandwiches.
You can also cook your sandwiches in a panini press according to manufacturer instructions.
Cut the sandwiches in half, then serve.