The classic Cuban sandwich inspired this recipe. The original is made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and pickles pressed and griddled between two pieces of soft white bread. Our version cuts down on the meat and is served on a soft whole-wheat bun. Feel free to press it in a panini maker to make it crispy. Serve with vinegary coleslaw.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009


Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut each pork chop nearly in half horizontally, stopping short of the opposite side. Open each chop and place between sheets of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, slightly thicker than 1/8 inch.

  • Place a piece of cheese and a pickle slice on one side of each flattened chop. Fold the chop over the filling, closing it like a book. Press the edges firmly together to seal. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the stuffed chops, reduce heat to medium and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

  • To assemble sandwiches, spread the toasted buns with mustard and top each with a pork chop, tomato slice and lettuce.

Nutrition Facts

333 calories; protein 26.4g 53% DV; carbohydrates 25.1g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 4.1g 16% DV; sugars 5.2g; fat 14.6g 22% DV; saturated fat 4.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 70.4mg 24% DV; vitamin a iu 896.7IU 18% DV; vitamin c 7.7mg 13% DV; folate 31.3mcg 8% DV; calcium 190mg 19% DV; iron 1.9mg 10% DV; magnesium 65.7mg 24% DV; potassium 490.1mg 14% DV; sodium 595.5mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.6mg 56% DV; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I loved this sandwich. I swapped sweet pickle for the dill in mine and put cheese on twice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Quick simple and healthy. My family including my pickiest eater loved these. Will be making these again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My family really enjoyed this recipe. My husband said it is definitely a keeper. It was easy to make and easy to clean up. The only difference I will make in the future is to use a whole slice of cheese in each. We could just barely taste it with a half slice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this recipe but I am happy to report it was GOOD!! Tasted just like a Cuban sandwich with the roasted pork. It was a neat mix of flavors and textures. Will put this in the rotation for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was pleasantly surprised with this sandwich. It was easy to make took less than the 30 min. stated on the recipe. I used my cuisinart grill press - next time I will wait to add the cheese it made a mess while the pork cooked. Had to add another slice to the finished sandwich. This is a definite favorite & keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious healthy imitation of a Cuban sandwich! These sandwiches were pretty good! My spouse who supposedly dislikes pork said these were great and would totally eat them again! They were also good as leftovers for lunch the next day! And the fact that the pork was folded over and stuffed made the sandwich seem so much more meaty than it actually was! Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome Sandwich Awesome sandwich! My husband is Latino and we love Cubano sandwiches. This sandwich had great flavor and I spiced it up a little bit by adding peppers. I will definately be making these again. Read More