Ask any Tampa native where the original Cuban sandwich was created, and she will tell you: right here in our own backyard, Ybor City. There are few dishes that scream “Tampa” louder than the Cuban Sandwich, and when I was searching for a traditional dish to bring to a family birthday celebration, I found my answer in a likely place – The Junior League of Tampa “Tampa Treasures” cookbook. The sandwich came together quite quickly, and I was pleased when I took the first bite and it tasted just like the many Cuban sandwiches I’ve had at The Columbia Restaurant. My family gobbled them up, and I even got nods of approval from my grandparents, both Ybor City natives.
1 ½ loaves Cuban bread Plain prepared mustard Mayonnaise ¼ pound baked ham, thinly sliced ½ pound BBQ or Roast Pork, thinly sliced ½ pound swiss cheese, thinly sliced ¼ pound Italian salami, thinly sliced Dill pickles, sliced lengthwise
Cut Cuban bread into 6 pieces, 8 inches long. Split bread lengthwise. Spread mustard on six sliced of bread, mayonnaise on the other six. Dive ham, pork, Swiss cheese, salami and pickle slices among the sandwiches, arranging in layers on the bread. Secure with toothpick. Note: Flavor is improved by warming in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6