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Cuban-Style Pork Sandwiches

Loaded with tangy flavor, this is a lighter version of a favorite restaurant-style sandwich. If you don’t have a panini maker, tuck the sandwiches under the broiler until the bread is browned and the cheese melted. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 7 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 10 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 whole dill pickles, sliced


  • Place onion wedges and broth in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, 5 garlic cloves, vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, cumin, mustard, oregano, salt and pepper; rub over pork. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Remove meat; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. In another small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard and remaining garlic and lemon juice; spread over buns. Layer bun bottoms with pork, cheese, sliced onion and pickles; replace tops.
  • Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill until buns are browned and cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 415 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 943mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • joycerm53
    Jul 28, 2020

    This is a great recipe! The sauce is so good! I have used this sauce on other leftover meats- roast beef and roast chicken. Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor

  • justmbeth
    May 21, 2018

    I used some leftover slices of smoked pork and followed the sandwich recipe, using a panini maker to grill them. So good! I can’t wait to make these again. Confirming the sauce was quite special.

  • Dan
    Oct 21, 2017

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  • TheTallEntree
    Oct 21, 2014

    Very good!!

  • ahmom
    May 8, 2013

    very good!

  • Julie_1
    May 7, 2012

    Nice change of pace! The sauce makes it!

  • mnccaleb
    Nov 17, 2011

    Sooo good! Wonderful flavor!

  • brandeeo
    Oct 20, 2011

    Delicious!!!! These were soooo tender and juicy! YUMMY!!!