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Exploring tradition: What is a Cuban sandwich?

In the vibrant Cuban cuisine, few dishes hold as much cultural significance as the iconic Cuban sandwich. As we dive into the history, ingredients, and flavors of this beloved deli, we embark on a culinary journey that celebrates tradition and innovation. Shall we discover the secrets of the Cuban sandwich and how it combines perfectly with the rich and aromatic flavors of Cortadito Coffee?

The origins of the Cuban sandwich

The Cuban sandwich, also known as “Cubano,” has its origins traced back to the busy streets of 19th century Cuba. It has become a popular dish in Cuban cuisine, influenced by the diverse culinary traditions of the island. With time, this mouth-watering sandwich made its way to the shores of America, where it went through further evolution and adaptation.

The anatomy of the Cuban sandwich

At its core, a traditional Cuban sandwich consists of layers of roasted pork, ham, cheese, pickles, and mustard, all sandwiched between slices of Cuban bread. The key to its irresistible flavor is the perfect balance of savory and spicy ingredients, complemented by the crunch of the bread.

How to make a classic Cuban sandwich?

If you crave the authentic flavors of Cuba, why not try making a classic Cuban sandwich at home? Follow these simple steps to make a delicious sandwich filled with traditional Cuban ingredients:


– Cuban bread or other sturdy, crusty bread

– Roast pork 

– Sliced ham

– Swiss cheese

– Sliced dill pickles

– Yellow mustard

– Butter or olive oil


1. Preheat a panini press or large skillet over medium heat.

2. Slice Cuban bread lengthwise and spread mustard on both halves.

3. Spread the roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles evenly on the bottom half of the bread.

4. Close the sandwich with the top half of the bread.

5. Brush the outside of the sandwich lightly with butter or olive oil.

6. Place the sandwich in the panini press or skillet.

7. If using a panini press, close the lid and cook for 5-7 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

8. If using a skillet, place a heavy pan or skillet on top of the sandwich to press it down. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

9. Remove the sandwich from the panini press or skillet and let it cool for a minute or two before slicing.

10. Slice the sandwich diagonally and serve hot.

Don’t feel like cooking? Visit your nearest Cortadito Coffee House location and enjoy the flavors of Cuba!

Turkey Cuban Sandwich: a modern twist on a Cuban classic

In recent years, culinary enthusiasts and chefs alike have embraced the spirit of innovation, offering creative twists on the traditional Cuban sandwich. One such twist is the Turkey Cuban Sandwich, which puts a delicious spin on the classic favorite. Featuring juicy oven-roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, tangy pickles and spicy mustard, all sandwiched between perfectly pressed Cuban wheat bread, this variation offers a tempting alternative for those seeking a lighter option or a unique flavor profile. Despite its departure from tradition, the Turkey Cuban Sandwich retains the essence of its predecessor, capturing the essence of Cuban cuisine while inviting diners to explore new and exciting culinary horizons.

Cortadito, the perfect pairing

No journey through Cuban cuisine would be complete without a sip of Cortadito, a traditional Cuban coffee that’s as rich in history as it is in flavor. Made with espresso and steamed milk, Cortadito offers the perfect balance of sweetness and intensity, making it the ideal companion to the bold flavors of the Cuban sandwich.

The cultural meaning of cortadito

Beyond its culinary appeal, cortadito holds a special place in Cuban culture, serving as a symbol of hospitality, community and shared moments with loved ones. From lively conversations in bustling cafes to quiet moments of reflection, Cortadito Coffee embodies the essence of Cuban hospitality and warmth.

Find the best Cuban Coffee Experience

Whether you’re exploring the streets of South Beach or looking for the best coffee shop near you, Cortadito Coffee House offers a taste of authentic Cuban culture in every cup. With their welcoming atmosphere and commitment to quality, these modern coffee shops offer a unique opportunity to enjoy the rich heritage of Cuban coffee traditions.

Visit our locations

Find us in the heart of Miami Beach at 1656 Meridian Ave on Lincoln Road or at 1429 Washington Ave. Enjoy our warm hospitality and authentic Cuban flavors as you explore the vibrant streets of Miami. In Coral Gables, discover our charming location at 200 Miracle Mile, offering the same delicious dishes and inviting atmosphere. 

Taste Cuba from anywhere: Order Online

With just a few clicks, you can enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine from the comfort of your own home. From our famous cortaditos to traditional pastelitos, our online menu offers all of your favorite dishes, prepared with the same care and authenticity as in our restaurants. Order now and bring a taste of Cuba right to your doorstep.

At the heart of every Cuban sandwich is a story of tradition, innovation and cultural heritage. As we savor the flavors of this beloved dish, accompanied by the rich aroma of Cortadito Coffee, we pay homage to the vibrant spirit of Cuban cuisine. Whether you’re indulging in a classic Cubano or discovering new twists on this timeless favorite, let Cortadito be your guide on a culinary journey through the flavors of Cuba.

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