Pickles are a magical thing. They are crunchy, briny, salty, and deeelicous. They are a great accompaniment to a sandwich, but they are also a delicious sandwich topping themselves. If you have never had a Cuban sandwich before, clear all your dinner plans tonight because this dish is your menu tonight.
A Cuban sandwich is the perfect combination of pork, ham (or turkey if you are like me and aren’t a ham lover), mustard, cheese, and pickles. My spin on the traditional sandwich is making it quesadilla style. It’s such a simple dinner that it is easily made on a Monday night (and the following Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday…)
From Cinnamon Freud
8 ounces pork loin, pounded thin
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces ham, thinly sliced
6-8 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced
3 tablespoons coarse mustard
4 ounces pickle slices
Melted butter, optional
Preheat the broiler.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add pork and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add Worcestershire and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until pork is just cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside. Once cooled, tear into bite size pieces.
To form the sandwiches, lay out your tortilla. Spread mustard generously on one side. Top with pork, then pickle slices, then ham, then swiss cheese. Fold tortilla over and cut into triangles. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Place on baking sheet and place under broiler for 5-7 minutes, until browned and crispy.
Makes 4 quesadillas.