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A tradition in Tampa, Florida

3 thin slices (almost shaved) of boiled ham
3 thin slices of turkey (optional)
3 thin slices roast pork hot or cold
3 thin slices of salami
3 thin slices of Swiss cheese
3 or 4 slices of pickles
1/3 cut Cuban bread hard crust

Additional optional ingredients (untraditional but still tasty)

3 thin slices of tomato
4 thin slices of green bell pepper
3 thin slices onion
1/3 cut French or Cuban bread
1 leaf romaine lettuce
mayonnaise
mustard

It is important that the sandwich be prepared on Cuban bread (hard crust).
You can substitute an 8" sub, grinder or hoagie bread. (Slice the bread
open face and spread mustard first then mayonnaise remember this is not
traditional, but still good). Add the ham (roast pork), turkey, salami.
(Then add the tomato, pepper, onion and lettuce remember this is not
'traditional,' but still good). Then top your sandwich and press. Press
the sandwich on a hot skillet. If you have a sandwich press, use it to
heat and press your Cuban. These are sold (made with variations of this
recipe) in almost every Deli or Restaurant in Tampa, Florida. These are
good cold, too.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
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Optional?, March 17, 2004 - 12:22 PM
Reviewer: Che G. from Havanna
I guess you can put just about anything "optional" on any sandwich, but if you add pickled beets and chicken salad to a Rueben, is it still a Rueben? The traditional Cuban sandwich is spartan at best: french bread, roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles slices, and spicy mustard - that's it. Layer the ingredients in french bread and stick in a sandwich press until cheese is melted. Viola~

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
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Traditional is NOT Optional, October 26, 2005 - 12:45 AM
Reviewer: Michael Witty from Tampa, FL
In the late 1800s, the major ethnic groups of Ybor City were Cubans and Italians. Somewhere in time, Italian Genoa salami was added to the Cuban sandwiches of the Tampa area. 1 loaf Cuban bread baked in a palm frond. Prepared yellow mustard & Mustard 1/3 Mayo to 2/3 Mustard Whipped 1/2 pound baked ham, thinly sliced 1/2 pound roast pork, thinly sliced 8 thin dill pickle slices 1/2 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced Slice the bread horizontally to open. Spread a thin layer of mustard on top and bottom halves of bread. Arrange ham, pork, pickle slices, and Swiss cheese evenly over the bread. Cover the sandwiches with the top halves of the bread. Cut into 4 sandwiches.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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Great Yummy Cuban, December 28, 2003 - 02:33 PM
Reviewer: Jeanne from Jacksonville, FL USA
I liked the list of "optional" ingredients. I cooked the "optional" onions and it was yummy. This is a good recipe!

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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The old fashioned way (Cuban sandwich), August 10, 2004 - 10:55 AM
Reviewer: Beulah from Deerfield Beach, Florida
This is the old fashioned way, My late husband grew up on these, as he lived in the Tamps area (Plant City) and I remember him saying he watched them being made in Yebo City where they sliced the meat, ham, turykey, beef or pork, as you watched. None of the deli stuff. And as we lived in Ca. we always bought several to eat on the way home.

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