As I’m not going to actually cook a dolphin, the Cuban sandwich seemed like a great idea for my Miami inspired NFL burger. The Cuban is a beautiful art-like sandwich, made with tender, favorful cuts of pork....so, instead of a beef patty, I decided to grill off a ground pork burger, seasoned with some BBQ rub. Once cooked, I slide that burger between some good quality French bread, top it with some pickles, ham, and Swiss cheese, and cook it a bit longer in my homemade panini press. Admittedly, it’s not quite as good a sandwich as a traditional Cuban, but it’s damn good burger, and I hope it does the Dolphins proud.
- Sweet French or Italian bread
- Ground pork
- BBQ Rub
- Swiss cheese
- Olive oil
- Turn on the grill
- Cut about 6 inches of bread off the loaf, and slice it lengthwise.
- Scoop out some of the bread in the center, to make room for those delicious ingredients.
- Form a handful of ground pork into a patty of approximately the same size and shape as the bread.
- Season the patty on both sides with salt, pepper, and BBQ dry rub.
- Lightly coat the patty with olive oil.
- Cook the patty on a grill to capture that charred, smokey flavor. Grill the patty for about 2 ½ minutes on each side.
- Place a skillet over a medium-high heat.
- Spread mustard on one slice of bread, and place the bread in the skillet, mustard side up.
- Place cooked pork patty burger onto the bread.
- Add all the toppings (ham, pickles, swiss cheese)
- Place the other slice of bread on top and press down to flatten the sandwich. If you don't have a panini press, use a heavy cast iron skillet to weight it down.
- Kill the heat and let the sandwich sit for about 8 minutes.
- Transfer the sandwich to a plate and cut in half.
- Garnish the plate with something green, like broccolini for instance.
To capture that full-fledged Florida flavor, enjoy this burger with a Myers Rum and Coke. Maybe have a slice of Key Lime Pie for dessert. Not quite a traditional Cuban sandwich, but it’s a damn good burger, and I hope it does the Dolphins proud.