Italian panini recipes: a cuban sandwich made with italian ingredients, think of mortadella, capers and prosciutto
Italian panini recipes are a great resource to spend a Sunday watching movies on the couch. Leaving the comfort zone only to grill one more sandwich.
As I’m in Italy, and it would be hard to find the authentic ingredients for a Cuban sandwich, I made it Italian, and I don’t regret it :-).
a cuban sandwich recipe made in italy
For the pork roast inspired by Nagi: n.b. this takes a lot of time I heartily suggest to make ahead of time)
- 2 lb/ 1 kg pork shoulder boneless
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 handful cilantro leaves
- 1 orange zest and juice
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 tablespoons mint leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- a dutch oven or lidded casserole if not a casserole and use aluminum foil to cover
For each sandwich (I made about 8 medium sandwiches with the 2 lb pork):
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 slice prosciutto cotto
- 1 slice mortadella
- 1 slice swiss cheese
- 1 tablespoon capers powder finely grated salted capers
- 4 inches piece of French baguette slice
- 1 teaspoon melted butter
First, roast the pork. Blend olive oil, coriander, orange zest and juice, lemon juice, mint leaves, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt & pepper.
Place the pork shoulder (fat down) in the casserole, add the mix and marinade for at least a couple of hours. Overnight, in the fridge, would be great.
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
Cover the casserole and cook the pork an hour and a half. Let completely cool before thinly slicing it. And keep the juices, they’re delicious.
Assemble the sandwich. Spread a thin layer of mustard on the bread. Add cold meats (ham and mortadella) and a slice of roasted pork. Place a slice of swiss cheese on top of it and spread it with the capers powder.
Close the sandwich. Lightly butter both top and bottom. Heat in a press until crisp. No press? Use a grill pan: grill the top and bottom slices of bread on a medium heat (2 minutes). Place cheese on the top slices and cover, for it to melt. When almost done add the meat, close the sandwiches and cover (1-2 minutes).
the movie recipes project
The last category of the movie project is kind of predictable, I know. But I don’t care. Isn’t watching food movies one of the greatest pleasures in life?
I don’t know why they don’t release more foodie movies.
And, while in argument, let me suggest you this: watch Cooked. If you love food, you must watch it. And even if you don’t like food (really?, why are you here?), watch it.
The food movies nominees are:
- The hundred foot journey
- The Chef
- Like water for chocolate
- Eat pray love (I know I know, not even close to the book, but have you seen that pasta scene?)
- Haute Cuisine
And the winner is: Chef.
It’s Miami, it’s Miami Cuban people. It’s South America’s glorious cuisine. Plus, a great soundtrack.