Garlic oil gives these sandwiches a crisp, flavorful crust. Hawaiian rolls provide a slightly sweet contrast to the salty ham, pickles, and mustard. To make this easy supper even quicker to prepare, use precooked bacon. Serve with banana peppers.
1 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
4 (3-ounce) Hawaiian rolls, sliced in half horizontally
Spread cut sides of rolls evenly with mustard. Place 1 cheese slice, 2 bacon halves, 3 pickle slices, and 1/2 teaspoon cilantro on bottom half of each roll. Divide ham and turkey evenly among bottom halves of rolls; top each serving with 1 cheese slice and top half of roll. Brush garlic oil evenly over outside of rolls.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches to pan. Place a cast-iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwiches, and press gently to flatten. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and bread is toasted (leave cast-iron skillet on sandwiches while they cook). Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
We all loved the sandwiches! I also didn't use the olive oil and garlic - mostly because I was in a huge hurry! I used an olive oil spray and that worked great! My teenagers really enjoyed them. I did buy the lowest sodium turkey and ham I could find, because I could see that this could turn out too salty. It was delicious and we'll definitely make again!
These are very tasty. I made a few small modifications - first I couldn't find the right size Hawaiian rolls so I had to use smaller ones and made 2 extra sandwiches. Second, I used olive oil Pam instead of the olive oil and garlic. Finally, I cooked them on a panini press. The flavors melded together really well and I the sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls added a lot.
This recipe has become a family favorite, ever since I made it when it was first published in Cooking Light. While not a tradtional Cubano, it's a lightened version that's really good. I can't find Hawaiian rolls here, either; in the past I used potato rolls, but lately I've been using sandwich thins with very good results.
This sandwich was delicious and quite easy to make. My grocery store did not have individual hawaiian buns, so I used the big round loaf. It turned out great and the presentation using the big loaf was lovely. This is a keeper in our house.
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