Tasty, toasted Cuban Sandwiches are Miami’s favorite snack. The Cuban sandwich, also known as the cubano, is a popular meal in south Florida where many Cubans have settled since the early 20th century. These tasty, toasted Cuban sandwiches are definitely Tampa and Miami, Florida’s favorite snack. These treats can be found in most restaurants in these cities, but the best places to buy them are from the street corner-snack bars, called loncherias.
The key to a great, versus a good, Cuban Sandwich lies in the grilling. A great Cuban sandwich is grilled in a sandwich press (called a plancha) until the ham, pork, and pickles have warmed in their own steam. Cuban restaurants use a sandwich press, but you can substitute a waffle iron.
The traditional Cuban sandwich use no mayonnaise, lettuce, onions, bell peppers, or tomatoes; however, butter and mustard are optional. In Ybor City, Florida, salami is added. Cuban sandwiches are sold hot (pressed) or cold (room temperature). The sandwiches have a submarine-style layering of ham, mojo roast pork, cheese, and pickle between a sliced length of Cuban bread.
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