I can still remember the first time I heard a Cuban Sandwich mentioned. I had hesitantly flown to Florida to look for a house with our two year old and six month old in tow. As I drove around with a realtor through Pinellas County looking for the perfect home in a new state to raise my family, a tiny little shack of a place was pointed out to me. Our realtor told me that I had to stop at that sandwich shop to try a Cuban Sandwich.
I looked at her puzzled and asked what was in a cuban sandwich. She chuckled and told me that if you are planning on moving to Tampa Bay, you will be a fan of the cuban sandwich in no time at all. That was 19 years ago and she couldn’t have been more right. Not only am I familiar with this famous sandwich, our family enjoys a good cuban sandwich and I often prepare it at home and pack cuban sandwiches for a picnic or for get togethers.
If you visit in Tampa Bay for more than a day, there is no way that you don’t come across a cuban sandwich. The pork, the ham, the pickles, the mustard and the swiss cheese – All hail, the sandwich that conquered America. We even have an annual Cuban Sandwich Festival where local restaurants compete for the ultimate Cuban Sandwich against Miami restaurants.
Our hometown favorite sandwich is on billboards, at all our local grocers, restaurants and at just about every gas station sandwich shop. This sandwich is near and dear to our hearts and since I had already featured our favorite version a while back, I decided that I wanted to put a twist on an old favorite.
I introduce you to the Cuban Sandwich Dip. A tasty little appetizer that is so easy to whip up and perfect to serve to a crowd. Move over Pepperoni Pizza Dip – we have a new football Sunday appetizer and it is pretty amazing.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup shredded pork
- 1 cup ham, chopped or shredded
- ¼ cup honey dijon dressing
- 2 green onions, sliced thin
- 6 ounces swiss cheese grated.
- 2 pickles, sliced thin
- ½ cup additional honey dijon dressing
- 1 loaf of cuban bread, thinly sliced
- chopped green onions and parsley as garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Combine the cream cheese, pork and ham in a large bowl until well blended.
- Line the bottom of an oven proof baking dish or skillet with the cream cheese mixture.
- Layer the honey dijon dressing, green onions and swiss cheese.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling.
- Garnish with additional chopped green onions and parsley if desired.
- Serve with cuban bread, sliced pickles and additional honey dijon dressing.
Get to know our Sunday Supper Tastemakers and their favorite hometown favorites this week.This week’s event is being hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. Take a look at all of the hometown recipes!
- Alamo City Breakfast Tacos by The Weekend Gourmet
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bagels by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mickey Mouse Waffles by Wallflour Girl
- New York Style Bagels by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Peanut Butter and Fluff French Toast by Momma’s Meals
- Candied Kumquat Peels, Kumquat Syrup, and Kumquat-Ade by Recipe for Perfection
- Wine Pairing Recommendations for Hometown Food by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Appetizers and Snacks
- Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Cuban Sandwich Crostini by Casa de Crews
- Cuban Sandwich Dip by Family Foodie
- South Jersey Boardwalk Popcorn by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Chicken and Dumplings by Food Lust People Love
- Crockpot Cincinnati Chili by Palatable Pastime
- Fried Rice Vermicelli with Vegetable Fritters by Brunch with Joy
- Honey Cola Baked Ham by Magnolia Days
- Hot Brown Ham Sliders by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Joe’s Special by Nosh My Way
- Lentil, Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Curry by Mess Makes Food
- New England Beans and Cod by Cooking Chat
- Oven Toasted Ravioli by Curious Cuisiniere
- Philadelphia Tomato Pie by The Redhead Baker
- Pierogies by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- Portobello “Philly Cheese Steak” by PancakeWarriors
- Pozole Rojo by Simply Healthy Family
- Revved-up Poutine by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Rice with Pork and Pineapple by Basic N Delicious
- San Francisco Cioppino by Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Seattle-Style Dungeness Crab Roll by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne by The Texan New Yorker
- The Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Upper Peninsula Pasties by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Xiang La Tu Zi // Hot & Spicy Rabbit by Curried Canteloupe
- 1905 Salad by Supper for a Steal
- Chicken Rice Pilaf by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Classic Italian Risotto in Bianco by La Bella Vita Cucina
- Greek Salad with Potato Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- Korean Steamed Eggs by Hip Foodie Mom
- Smoke House Cheesy Garlic Bread by Peaceful Cooking
- Apple Crisp by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Buckeye Cupcakes by Desserts Required
- Carob Bumpy Cake by Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Earthquake Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Pocky Cake by NinjaBaker
- Grandma Sweeney’s Chocolate Cream Pie by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake by Alida’s Kitchen
- Memories of Mom; Michigan Apple Cake by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mile High Strawberry Pie by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pear Parkin by Happy Baking Days
- Vegan Timbits by Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Vernors Cake by Country Girl in the Village
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