Leftover Mojo Pork Cubanos
with citrus and avocado salad
We could think of few better ways to use leftover Mojo Pork from earlier in the week than in these Cubano sandwiches with melted cheese and sliced pickles. This last appeared in a meal plan in 2019.
Smarts: To flatten these sandwiches like panini, we like to place a heavy skillet over the top while they're cooking. You can also use a panini press if you have one!
- Shallots - 1/2 clove, diced
- Oranges - 1, segments
- Avocados - 1, sliced
- Lettuce, butterhead or Boston leaf (sub any mixed greens) - 1 head, leaves torn
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 3 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Pickles, dill (opt) - 1/2 cup, sliced
- Mayonnaise - 3 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
- Baguette, soft - 10 oz (look for a soft, not crusty variety; sub sandwich bread)
- Mojo pork (leftover from Tuesday) - ~3 cups (sub sliced ham, 2 slices / serving)
- Cheese, Swiss - 4 slices (sub provolone)
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
Combine mayonnaise and mustard (portion for sandwiches). Slice bread in half and spread mayonnaise / mustard on the inside. Top the bottom half with leftover pork, pickles, and cheese. Add the top half of the bread. Slice assembled Cubano into smaller portions so that they will fit inside your largest nonstick pan.
Heat a nonstick pan (or use a panini press if you have one) over medium heat. Add butter and swirl it around in the pan until it melts. Add the Cubanos to the hot pan and place a heavy skillet on top. (Adding this weight on top is optional but will help to compress the sandwiches as they cook, like using a panini press.) When the sandwiches are golden brown on the bottom, flip them over and place the second skillet back on top. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted and the sandwiches are golden brown on both sides.
Just before serving, combine shallots with vinegar, mustard (portion for salad), and honey. Add oil while whisking. Toss oranges, avocados, and lettuce in dressing.
Serve sandwiches with salad on the side. Enjoy!
I heated up the meat in a skillet before putting it in the sandwiches Berghaus it was so soupy still, and I didn't want the outside to burn before the middle got warm. It turned out great.1 Helpful
Made this again since we loved it so much. Hubby loved the meat sandwich. We used brioche buns, and I smushed it between my cast iron pans. For the veggie I roasted some veggies (zucchini, eggplants, red peppers) and made it the same as the original version otherwise. Was so good!!! Baby ate left over pork and 4 years old got a regular grilled cheese and left over pork and some veggies. She may have eaten the sandwich but didn't want to risk the nice buns 😉. This remains on our make again list0 Helpful
I think I should have heated up the meat ahead of putting the sandwiches together because I totally burned the bread! It was delicious anyway!0 Helpful
So quick and easy! Great flavors!0 Helpful
Definitely going on the favorites list and with pre-cooked shredded pork it’s ready in 15 minutes!0 Helpful
Nice quick meal and the sandwich was yummy. I didn't make the salad.0 Helpful
Loved these! Used sub-sized ciabatta rolls and heated on griddle like a hot sandwich.0 Helpful