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Slow-Cooker Cubano Sandwiches

This recipe came about because I didn't have pepperoncini for my usual Italian pork recipe so I used pickles instead. It reminded me so much of a Cuban sandwich that I added the ham and Swiss cheese to complete the dish. Instead of adding cheese to the slow cooker, you can also build the sandwiches and top with sliced cheese. Place under the broiler to melt. —Kristie Schley, Severna Park, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 7 tablespoons stone-ground mustard, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pound fully cooked boneless ham steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) whole baby dill pickles, undrained, sliced thick
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 8 submarine buns, split

Directions

  • Rub pork with 3 tablespoons mustard, season with pepper and place in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Add ham and pickles, including pickle juice. Cover and cook on low until tender, turning halfway through, about 6 hours.
  • Shred pork with 2 forks. Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture; cover and cook until cheese melts, about 30 minutes.
  • When ready to serve, slice rolls and toast lightly in a toaster oven or broiler. Spread remaining mustard evenly over both sides. Using a slotted spoon, top rolls with meat mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 526 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 1941mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 48g protein.

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  • Aidenmaddiemom
    Oct 16, 2019

    This is so moist and flavorful!

  • Devin
    Sep 6, 2019

    Contest winner for me in this year's Crock-Pot Throwdown! I followed the recipe exactly and it was a crowd pleaser. Just before the contest started I stirred in half an 8 oz bag of shredded Swiss and topped with the rest. Serves with toasted Cuban rolls, mustard, mayo and cold pickle slices on the side, as well as extra cheese.

  • Debbie
    Apr 29, 2019

    I was not impressed at all, very salty and dry..was shocked this was a winning recipe! Normally they are awesome not this one though

  • curlylis85
    Dec 10, 2018

    These taste exactly like the Cuban sandwiches that our family has enjoyed at restaurants. We prefer the texture of the pickles straight from the jar, so next time I might use the pickle juice in the cooking and then add pickle slices to the finished sandwiches.

  • gaylene2
    Dec 5, 2018

    My daughter lived in Florida for a while and discovered Cuban food. When we visited her, she took us to a little shabby neighborhood store that also served sandwiches. It was our first taste of these delicious sandwiches. And it's VERY EASY compared with other recipes I have tried. A little on the dry side, we also added mayo that we placed on the table. But still worth the effort!

  • marieball3
    Nov 4, 2018

    I've made this twice now and it was fantastic! Everyone loved it. The crockpot was scraped clean both times. Be sure to use a top quality swiss cheese. It makes a difference.

  • janet59
    Oct 28, 2018

    I am not sure why but this recipe just didn't work for us. No one liked it. I thought being a Grand Prize Winner it would be great. The flavors and textures were off.