Cuban Panini with Cumin Roasted Potatoes and Apples

We literally just finished eating these and I needed to get this out – these Cuban panini were that GOOD. I have been craving a Cuban sandwich for a few weeks now and we haven’t had a chance to get one out – most of the Cuban restaurants near us aren’t too baby-friendly. So I finally broke down and just made my own and I am so glad I did. It all came together – the salty ham, the briny pickles, the sweet pork, the mustardy mustard. Amazing.

And the cumin dusted potatoes and apples were the perfect slightly sweet yet smokey compliment.

Oh and the pickles were homemade – I love this recipe by Tyler Florence. But since I don’t have all spice berries  I instead use a pinch of ground all spice.

Seriously, try these Cuban panini ASAP!

cuban panini

cuban panini

Ingredients:
4 slices bread
1 thick pork chop
1 handful of sliced deli ham
2 slices of swiss cheese
1/4 cup pickle slices
2 tablespoons whole grain dijon mustard
butter
2 small potatoes, cubed
1 apple, cubed
1 tablespoon cumin
salt and pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss cubed potatoes and apples in a little olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until tender.

While the potatoes and apples roast, begin the panini. Slice the pork chop into two thinner chops. Season with salt and pepper. Quickly cook on a grill pan or skillet, about two or three minutes per side. Set aside.

Begin assembling the sandwiches by buttering all pieces of bread and layering the pork, ham, pickles, cheese and mustard. Place assembled sandwiches on a grill pan or skillet. Cook the sandwiches on each side for about four minutes, until cheese is melted and bread toasted.

Serve with the roasted potatoes and apples.

cuban panini

Enjoy!

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