Saturday, April 4, 2009

monte cubano sandwiches

This hearty little sammich has been in heavy rotation lately at the hank & marissa homestead. Also in heavy rotation is the Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Cleveland episode. Has anyone seen that one? It's like chicken soup for the Missing Cleveland In all its Crustiness Soul. But I digress...

Monte Cubano
courtesy of Gourmet magazine
serves 1

2 slices firm bread (nothing like specific instructions, eh? We've used sourdough)
1 to 2 tsp mustard
4 or 5 dill pickle rounds
2 slices ham
2 slices turkey
2 thin slices Swiss (I've used Muenster or Havarti, Hank stays true to the Swiss)
1/2 garlic clove
1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 large egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp butter (Pam sprayed on the pan is great, too)

-Spread 1 slice of bread with mustard and top with pickles, meats, cheese. Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt, then mix with mayo. Spread on remaining slice of bread and assemble sandwich.
-Beat together egg, milk, and a little bit of salt and pepper, then soak sandwich in egg mixture.
-Melt butter in skillet over med-low heat. Cook sandwich, uncovered , until underside is well browned, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook remaining side, covered, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. remove from heat and let stand, covered, 1 minute.

Eat it, love it, eat it again. Think of how much you love me for posting this recipe.

...and Hank, for finding it.


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