Have you ever seen the show Restaurant Impossible?

I love that show.

-Watching them come in and turn a struggling restaurant around ultimately changing people’s lives.

I adore the design makeover aspect and of course, the food makeovers always perk my attention.

On a recent Restaurant Impossible they put a Cuban sandwich on the menu and Andy asked me, “Do you like Cuban sandwiches?”

Why yes I do!

And it had been forever since I have had one. (Probably at the Miami airport!)
So… I created this much better for you version of a Cuban sandwich that I have named El Cubano because I jump on any chance I get to throw Spanish in the mix! (I then made it again for breakfast a few days later. )

I hope you like it as much as I did!



Here’s What You Need:
1 whole wheat kaiser roll
Shaved deli ham (all natural, nitrate free!)
Dijon mustard
1 piece of low-fat swiss
4 butter pickles (organic, please!)
organic non-stick or grape seed oil spray
Handful of baby spinach

Here’s What You Do:
Preheat or panini maker or grill pan. Spread one side of the bread generously with the Dijon mustard. Add the spinach, ham, cheese, and about 4 pickles and then top with the second piece of bread. Spray the top with organic non-stick or grapeseed oil. Put in the panini maker for about 5 minutes. Or spray a the grill pan and cook the sandwich like a grilled cheese using a heavier pan on the top of the sandwich to create the grill marks. Disfruta! Enjoy!


Kid Tip:
You can change this to a ham and cheddar with spinach or leave it as is and make the pickles a really fun addition!

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  1. Love sandwiches, but never tried a Cuban sandwich!! thanks for sharing
    BTW I watch that show as well and I got so many food and design ideas :)Meriem

  2. I love the redesign part of that show too, although I get frustrated with the people sometimes :) This sandwich looks so good!

  3. I love that show! And Bar Rescue. You just wonder how these people can be running their business so poorly and still be open.
    I love this sandwich, looks fabulous :)

  4. Candy says:

    Oh! I used to LOVE Cubans when I ate meat… now I have a challenge – how can I make this vegetarian??? Thanks for sharing, and giving me something to work on!!

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