Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cuban Paninis

We take our Friday night meal seriously around here and we rarely deviate from our set plans but sometimes, you have to break out of your shell. Earlier in the week, I made Skinny Slow Cooked Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork) and it was ridiculously good. Since I knew we would have tons of leftovers, I was able to plan another meal using the leftover pulled pork. We skipped our usual Friday night homemade pizza party and swapped it for Cuban Paninis with oven baked fries. Paninis are always a win and these fries took the meal to another level.

It was like a Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives featured Meal.

Only better.

Cuban Paninis

Good, crusty ciabatta rolls
Pulled pork
Black forest ham, thinly sliced
Bread and butter pickles
Provolone cheese
Olive oil, for brushing

Preheat panini press and brush lightly with olive oil.

Cut rolls in half horizontally. Spread a very light layer of mustard on the bottom half of the roll. Pile high with ham, pork, pickles, and provolone. Brush the top of the half of the ciabatta roll with oliv oil and sandwich in the goods. Grill in panini press, pressing down to flatten the sandwich. Grill for 8-10 minutes, or until you have nice grill marks and the cheese has melted.

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