God bless the Cuban stoner who first combined roasted pork, ham, mustard, swiss cheese, and pickles, and slapped the ingredients on a crusty roll. In that moment of divine inspiration, the sandwich’s creator hit on the Island’s best combination since Cuban stogies and Daiquiris.
There is much up for debate in terms of the Cubano’s lineage. Is it from Cuba, or was it developed in a Cuban pocket of Florida at some blessed cafe catering to the migrant community? Should the roasted pork be marinated in mojo? Should the roll be drizzled in olive oil and briefly flashed on the grill, or should it be untoasted with butter? Pressed or unpressed?!?
Regardless, it’s hard to go wrong with a good Cuban in its many iterations. During this hurried, frigid season, take a moment and warm your soul with our gallery of the most alluring Cubanos on the planet. Then get up from your desk, find the closest Cuban sandwich to you, and go H.A.M.
Click through the slideshow for pictures of the illest Cuban sandwiches on the planet.
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