31 Jan 2019
gluten free cuban

Pastrami Cuban sandwiches are not only tasty, but they are also an absolute crowd-pleasure, and they take no time at all to make!

My original plan was to make a nice, hot pastrami sandwich.  All the other ingredients I wanted to add sound too much like a Cuban (pickle, mustard, and swiss cheese).  An original Cuban is made with pork and ham though. I had some sweet sliced ham, which I added to the sandwiches.  Wow, what a terrific choice combining the two ideas together. This combo choice is definitely a “Touch Down”.

Pull out your baking sheet pan, layer your ingredients between two slices of rye bread, bake….and done!

Yes, it is that simple.  Serve with a side of coleslaw and watch those sandwiches quickly disappear.

Gluten Free Cuban


Ingredients:

  • 24 slices Three Bakers Rye Bread (approx. 1 1/2 loaves)
  • mayo for spreading
  • mustard for spreading
  • 1 lb Swiss Cheese, (24 slices)
  • 12 slices ham, one slice per sandwich
  • 24 slices pastrami, two slices per sandwich
  • 12 large slices pickle
  • 12 red onion rings

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
  2.  Spread approx. 1 tsp mayo on one side of each slice of bread.  Place 12 slices on baking sheet, mayo side facing down. Spread approx. 1 tsp mustard on the top side of each slice.
  3.  Layer remaining ingredients onto each slice of bread, starting with cheese and then ending with cheese.  (ex: cheese, ham, pastrami, pickle, onion, cheese). Add additional mustard, if wanted.
  4.  Add a slice of bread on top, mayo side facing up.  Place a large baking sheet on top of sandwiches. Add weight to the top of the baking sheet, like a large cast iron skillet.  
  5.  Bake for 20-25 mins or until toasted.  Slice and serve

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I was raised in and around an Italian family. All my life I cooked and everyone around me cooked. It was my life and still is.  In 2013 I had to go gluten-free for health reasons. I was devastated to learn that I can no longer enjoy bread and pasta, that I was so used to eating every day. Can you imagine an Italian girl not eating bread or pasta? During the last few years, I have experimented with all kinds of different products. Searching for a good tasting bread has been a struggle because there was not much available. I was super excited to find Three Bakers Rye Style bread while visiting CT, my home State. I was even more excited to learn it is available locally here in FL. It is absolutely amazing!