Ken Clark and Chef Chris DeJohn, Executive Chef of Centerplate at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, show us how to make a pork cuban.
Cuban Style Pork Sandwich
1 lb Boneless Pork Loin
2 oz Minced Onion
½ oz Peeled Fresh Garlic, minced
1 Lime, zested
½ 88ct Orange, zested
½ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Dired Oregano, Whole Spice
4 Cibatta Rolls
1 oz Corn Oil
4 oz Plantain, black
½ tsp Salt
4 Pickle chip
2 oz Red Pepper Relish, chopped
4 oz Green Onion, chopped
8 oz Ham, shaved
4 oz Sliced Swiss Cheese
1 oz Unsalted Butter
2 oz Dijon Mustard
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Coat tenderloins with oil. Combine onion, garlic, citrus zest, salt, pepper and dried oregano in a pile on your cutting
board. Pack this coating equally and evenly onto the tenderloins. Heat a large skillet. Add a drizzle of oil and sear
tenderloin on all sides. Then place in hot oven to roast 20 to 25 minutes. Wash hands.
Brush rolls with a little warm water and sprinkle the tops of the rolls with 1/2 teaspoon sugar each. Pile rolls on a
baking sheet and place in oven with meat for 5 minutes to crust rolls and set sugar. Authentic Cuban rolls used for
this sandwich are sweet. This sugar wash process gives a similar effect to store bought rolls. When rolls come out
of oven, split and pile on serving plate.
Preheat a stovetop griddle over medium high heat.
Heat 1/4 cup corn oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Peel plantains and cut in 1/2 lengthwise, then slice
each 1/2 into thirds on an angle. Arrange plantains in pan in a single layer and cook until crisp, continuously flipping
for even browning. Remove from skillet to paper towel lined plate and season with fine salt.
To assemble sandwiches: Thinly slice meat on an angle. Place ham and Swiss cheese on a serving plate,
separating and fluffing up the shaved meat and cheese. Assemble sandwiches with desired fillings and place on a hot,
buttered griddle. Use a heavy pan to press the sandwiches together. Toast until golden brown, then flip and toast
the other side.
Combine chopped pickles, sweet red pepper relish and scallions in a small bowl.
Spread the mustard and relish on the tops of the rolls and pork slices, ham, and swiss cheese on the bottoms. Press the
sandwiches together. Put about 1 tablespoon of butter on the hot griddle and spread to coat. Put 2 sandwiches at
a time on the griddle, and top with a heavy cast-iron skillet. Toast sandwiches on the griddle, turning once, until
golden, hot, and cheese is melted, 2 or 3 minutes per side.
Serve with a few slices of plantains per person as a side dish.