Cuban Paninnis

Cuban Panini

So, I didn’t post yesterday.  After a horrible round of a Summer stomach bug I am finally back to feeling human again.  I really did not even get out of bed until 4:00 pm yesterday except to get sick and take my son to see his new cello teacher.  Even then, I came back home and immediately went to bed.  I never do that but I hoped today would be a better day and so far it is.

I love having bits and pieces of leftovers in my freezer to make into new dishes.  This started as Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas over Mashed Sweet Potatoes two weeks ago.  I froze the remainder and defrosted it in the refrigerator yesterday along with a piece of spiral ham that I had been saving.  It was perfect timing.  This allowed me to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes with a minimum of fuss.


Everyone loved the sandwiches.  The flavor of the pork from the Carnitas was delicious in a sandwich.  It really took the sandwich to a whole new level.  The fresh crusty French bread I found was perfect for the sandwich holding the butter really well so it crisped up on the outside yet stayed soft on the inside.  Perfect!

I served this with a side of Sweet Potato Chips and a small green salad.


  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. Cooked pork loin –  well seasoned
  • 1 lb. cooked ham
  • 2 lb. Swiss cheese, sliced – 16 slices
  • Dill Pickle Slices
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Butter
  • 16 slices good crusty bread


  1. Preheat your Panini Press or grill.
  2. Lay out 8 slices of bread and spread with Stone Ground mustard.
  3. Top with one slice of Swiss Cheese.
  4. Lay pickle slices on top of the cheese.
  5. Over the pickle slices lay a layer of pork loin then a layer of ham.
  6. Top the meat with another slice of Swiss cheese and more Stone Ground mustard, if desired.
  7. Top the sandwich with the second slice of bread.
  8. Spread the outside slice of bread with butter.  Turn that side down onto your cooking surface.
  9. Spread the remaining side with butter and close the press.  Cook until brown and crispy.
  10. Remove from grill and keep in a 170 degree oven until all sandwiches are cooked and ready to serve.



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