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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crockpot Cuban Sandwiches {2 ways}


My husband loves a good cuban sandwich which I usually pass on because of the sauerkraut. Turns out I've been confusing cuban and rueben sandwiches almost my entire life. Duh.

When Lindsay posted this recipe for cuban sliders I knew I wanted to recreate them. But let's face it, I'm way more lazy than she is so what's great for lazy people? The crockpot.

I turned to the internet to find a highly rated cuban crockpot recipe and stumbled upon this one from the food network which was pretty similar to Lindsay's. I didn't have everything needed to make each recipe, so I tweaked them both and came up with what turned out to be a pretty tasty pork without being too citrusy which I was worried about. 

What You Need:

-3 to 3 1/2 lb pork shoulder (twine removed)
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp pepper
-1 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp garlic powder
-4 tbsp orange juice
-4 tbsp lime juice
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-Potato rolls, Texas toast, or whatever other sandwich bread you like
-1/2 to 1lb deli sliced ham
-1 lb deli style swiss cheese
-Dijon mustard
-Dill pickle slices (short round kind)
-Sliced banana peppers

What To Do:

1. Mix the oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, orange juice, and lime juice in a bowl and set aside.

2. Remove any twine from the pork and make 1 inch deep cuts into the meat. This will allow the marinade to really soak in.

3. Place the pork in the crockpot and rub the marinade all over making sure to coat the entire thing. 

4. Add the chicken broth and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until you can shred it with a fork.

5. Shred the pork and place in a covered bowl to keep warm while preparing the rest of the sandwich.

6. Cover a baking sheet in foil for easy cleanup and place mustard on one half of the bread. I used potato rolls the first time I made them and then used texas toast for leftovers. My husband liked the texas toast one the best but I liked the potato rolls.

7. Layer 1/2 a slice of swiss cheese on top of the mustard followed by 1 slice of ham. 

8. Add a heaping pile of the pulled pork to the ham and top with banana peppers or dill slices. 

9. Cover the peppers or pickles with the other 1/2 slice of cheese then bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese melts and the bread is slightly toasted.

Enjoy!


Linking up with SusanAlesha, & Kate.
8 comments on "Crockpot Cuban Sandwiches {2 ways}"
  1. This is a great idea! Cuban sandwiches are so yummy!

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    1. Thank you:) I'm definitely wishing I had one of these right now!

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  2. OH I LOVE IT!! I love a good cuban and we never make our own pork for it. This look so delicious and I will certainly be making it!!

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    1. You definitely have to make this and it's SO easy:)

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  3. You had me at crock pot! These look amazing :)

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    1. Now if only all my dinners could come from the crock pot:)

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  4. This looks so amazing!!!! John would devour these!!

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    1. You should make these for him! I got my husband eating the pork straight out of the bowl before I even had time to assemble the sandwiches:)

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