Los Angeles is arguably home to the most diverse eating experiences in the world. If you’re willing to brave weekend traffic, Uzbek, Laotian, Vietnamese and Cuban delights are all within an hour’s drive. I’ve personally hunted down every authentic Cuban café from Redondo to Burbank. All feature wonderful Cuban cuisine, but the Cuban sandwich at Porto’s Bakery in Burbank changed my life. Now, I make them for my family at least twice a year. But it takes a long time. I need a full day in advance to cook the pulled pork. So I decided to come up with a simple and fast, every day version of the Cuban sandwich using hot dogs. Ok, don’t laugh if you are Cuban and/or a foodie. Hot dogs are Haute! This recipe is beyond delicious and it’s a huge hit with my family. You can even use veggie or soy dogs if you want to be healthier. Click through to see how truly easy this Cuban sandwich is to make.
The Cuban Sandwich Dog 1 of 9
Check out how easy this is to make.
Get Your Dog 2 of 9
Slice it into thirds. Slice one dog per person.
Dog On Grill 3 of 9
Grill your sliced dog.
Pickle Slices 4 of 9
My kids like whole pickles so when I recipe calls for pickle parts, I just cut accordingly.
Good Old Yellow Mustard 5 of 9
Gotta slather up both sides of your sandwich roll.
Pile Up The Fixin’s 6 of 9
Start with a layer of swiss cheese, followed by sliced pickled, sliced ham, sliced grilled hot dog, more cheese and the top of your sandwich roll.
Sandwich Grill 7 of 9
Place your completed sandwich on a grill. Or use a panini press or waffle iron. I don't have a panini press and only have a Belgian waffle iron so grilling is what I did. Place a heavy pan on top to smash it. I used and iron skillet. Cook for a couple of minutes over medium, then flip for another couple of minutes.
Smashed Sandwich 8 of 9
The iron skillet worked well at smashing it flat.
Ready To Eat 9 of 9
Oh this sandwich dog was so good and so easy to make.
Cuban Sandwich Dog Recipe
Cuban Bread or a sandwich roll
Preheat your grill. Slice your hot dog into thirds the long way (see image in slideshow). Grill your sliced dog on both side for a couple of minutes. Slather both sides of your bread with yellow mustard and start layering. One layer of swiss cheese, followed by a layer of sliced pickles, ham slices, grilled hot dog, one more layer of cheese and top with your bread. If you have a sandwich press or regular waffle iron, stick your sandwich in there for a couple of minutes until toasted and melted and smashed. I don’t have either so I used my grill over medium. Just place your sandwich on the grill and smash it with an oven proof heavy pan (I used my small cast iron skillet). Cook for a couple of minutes, flip, smash and cook for another couple of minutes, then devour.