The Cubano – a traditional pressed sandwich layered with two (!) kinds of pork and gooey cheese, balanced by tangy pickles and mustard – gets a quick-and-easy makeover with this big-batch version.
Soft, squishy potato rolls replace the traditional crusty rolls for when you don’t want to be panini-ing sandwiches to order. Instead, by using a heavy sheet pan to press the sandwiches into crispy, melty form, you can make a dozen at a time without breaking a sweat.
The mini sliders are a family-friendly choice for outdoor parties and backyard moments where kids can literally grab and go, giving them fuel as they play. But these little guys go over big with the adults, too.
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Sheet Pan Cubano Sliders
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
12 dinner roll-sized potato buns (like Martin’s), sliced in half
12 slices deli ham (about 1/2 pound)
1/2 pound sliced roasted pork shoulder, or unsauced pulled pork
24 round dill pickle slices
12 slices deli Swiss cheese (about 1/2 pound)
Vegetable oil for brushing the rolls
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a 13-by-9-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Stir the mustard and mayonnaise together in a bowl, then open each roll and spread the mustard mixture on both sides.
Line the rolls up on the prepared baking sheet and fill each one with ham, roast pork, pickles, and cheese. Fold the slices of meat and cheese over on each other a few times as needed to make them fit loosely within the bounds of each roll.
Close each roll and lightly brush the tops with vegetable oil.
Place a second sheet of parchment paper on the sliders, then top with a large, heavy baking sheet or a double-burner griddle so that the sandwiches are pressed down.
Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted and the sandwiches are toasty. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes: The sandwiches can be assembled up to four hours in advance. Cover the sheet pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake on site. Or press and bake the sandwiches, then reheat in a 300-degree oven if desired.
Yield: 12 sliders.