The recipe I have been promising is finally here! Mama’s Gluten Free Cuban Sandwiches! I created especially for this sandwich a delicious flatbread to use to make this really delicious sandwich. This is an outstanding sandwich and truly a special treat and now you can enjoy it gluten free too! A Cuban or Cubano is a sandwich that is made with marinated pork, sliced ham and pickles! Sounds like a crazy combination but it is good, trust me!
If you are reading this post and were like me a couple years ago, you are probably thinking, “What is a Cuban Sandwich and what is so special about it?” Don’t feel bad, I would have asked the same question a year or two ago. Do you ever watch food network? I do all the time, you could say I am an addict, everything from the competition shows like Chopped to Pioneer Woman and everything in between. One fabulous evening I was indulging in my addiction and watching yet another episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Bobby Flay is an amazing chef and there is no jokes about it. He not only is a TV celebrity chef, he is the owner and executive chef of several of his own restaurants, including Mesa Grill in Las Angeles and the beautiful Bahamas, Bar Americain in the big apple, New York City, Bobby Flay Steak in Antlantic City, and then several locations of Bobby’s Burger Palaces. In addition to all of all of his restaurant responsibilities he has time to film his show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”. In this show he travels to different restaurants that are famous for their own signature dish. Then he challenges them to a throwdown. The restaurant owner or chef makes their signature dish while Bobby makes his version of the same dish with the hopes of making a “better” version. Then the two dishes go to a panel of judges who decide which dish is the ultimate best dish. Sometimes Bobby wins and sometimes the restaurant chef wins. It was during one of these episodes that I learned about his fabulous sandwich and was thrust into the challenge of my own, making this sandwich gluten free for me to enjoy and for each of you to enjoy. I confess, it was mostly for me to indulge my taste buds into what seemed to be a quite delicious sandwich the Cuban Sandwich or sometimes referred to as the Cubano. Let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed when I tried it.
So first let me tell you about the Throwdown before we mention my recipe. I got the idea from obviously, the “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” tv show. It was the episode number: Episode: BT0712H. Essentially, if you search Bobby Flay Cubano throwdown then the information on the show will pop up. You can watch the shows on Food Network. Bobby Flays opponent in the throwdown was Cuban born chef Nick Vazquez. Nick immigrated to America in the 1960’s. He has a popular restaurant called Azucar. His restaurant serves up a variety of Cuban classics including his delicious “The Sandwich Cubano” or “Cubano Grande” the name on the menu at his restaurant. Bobby and Nick put on a great show cooking up their versions of the Cuban classic. No, I am not going to give it away who won the throwdown! You will have to watch it and see. But I will give you the versions of the recipes these great chefs created. Click here for Nick’s Recipe. In Nick’s recipe he makes the ham the star of the dish. He makes a great marinade and slathers it on the ham and marinades the ham the night before then bakes it and then adds sliced pork and lengthwise pickles and cheese. He then presses it together on a plancha, you at home would just use a Panini maker, and the cheese melts into the meats for a delicious sandwich.