Cuban Medianoche Sandwich

It’s near midnight, you can’t sleep, and you’re hungry. Why not prepare yourself a Medianoche sandwich?

Medianoche means midnight in Spanish and this sandwich somewhat resembles the classic Cuban sandwich, but there are differences. If you live in Miami or anywhere in Florida, you can find a Cuban restaurant that sells them. For the rest of us that live far away, we have to settle for preparing our own version.

As opposed to the Cuban sandwich which is made with pressed, crispy bread, the Medianoche is made with soft egg buns. You can use your home oven to prepare this unique sandwich.


2 soft egg buns halved

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon mustard

2 small dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise

2 slices Swiss cheese

4 ounces thinly sliced cooked pork loin or roast pork

4 ounces sliced boiled or baked ham

½ teaspoon salted butter for brushing

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Spread one half of each bun with mayonnaise and the remaining halves with mustard. Distribute the fillings equally between the mayonnaise-spread halves, starting with the pickle, followed by the cheese, pork, and ham, and top with the mustard-spread halves, making 2 sandwiches.

Place the sandwiches on a lightly oiled baking sheet and brush the tops lightly with butter. Place a heavy cast-iron skillet over both sandwiches to weigh them down and bake until crisp and hot, 15 to 20 minutes.

Enjoy. Buen provecho as we say in Spanish.

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