Reuben Cubans

June 2011
Reuben Cubans

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We think youll make this sandwich aregular date. The classic reuben (meat andmelted swiss on rye) marries the cuban (apork, cheese and pickle combo).

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Grill: 15 mins

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill pickle
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno chile
  • 8 slices rye bread (about 4 inches wide) with caraway seeds
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground pork
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces imported swiss cheese, shredded
  • 8 thin slices canadian bacon (4 oz.)
  • EVOO, for brushing
  1. Preheat a grill to medium. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, pickle and jalapeno. Spread the mustard mixture on all of the bread slices.
  2. Shape the pork into four 4-inch patties, making them slightly oval to fit the bread; season with salt and pepper. Grill uncovered until the edges are no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Flip, top with half of the cheese and cook for 3 minutes more. Meanwhile, grill the canadian bacon (on a grill topper if you have one) until lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the patties to 4 bread slices. Top with the canadian bacon and remaining cheese; cover with the remaining bread slices, mustard side down. Lightly oil the grill. Transfer the sandwiches to the grill, cover and cook until the bottom bread slices are toasted, about 3 minutes. Brush the sandwich tops with a little EVOO, flip and grill until the second sides are toasted.
  • Beer: the hoppy snap of an india pale ale, such as Sierra Nevada, or, for those who dont like the slight bitterness of hops, Bass Pale Ale. Wine: a fruity California riesling.