Okay, okay, okay. Raise your hand if you’ve watched the movie Chef? Now, raise your hand if you had a vicious craving for a Cubano as soon as the end credits started rolling? Yep, that’s what I thought. We were no different. As soon as we finished the movie, Cody and I both grabbed our phones and started googling for restaurants that served these bomb-looking sandwiches. We found a few, tried them all over the course of a few weeks and let me tell you, we weren’t disappointed. Of course, our new-found love for Cubano sandwiches isn’t very realistic health-wise – so we needed to Chirpy-fy it ASAP. What we ended up coming up with is this completely wonderful Bunless Cubano aka Cuban Stuffed Pork. Aaaahhh, I’m drooling about the deliciousness just typing it out.
What makes the Cubano so incredibly yummy is, of course, the marinated pork. That magnificent, magnificent marinade though… We did a lot of research and tried a bunch of different Cubanos in the process until we had the perfect concoction. Add all the other typical goodies like mustard, pickles, ham, ooey-gooey melted Swiss cheese and it’s a party in your mouth like no other. Trust me.
In other news, we are nearly 6 months through this whole pregnancy business and I honestly can’t believe how quick it’s going. In just 3 and a bit months we’ll have a real live baby to take care of – it’s honestly so crazy to think about, but also very exciting! Things definitely get very, very real when the baby starts kicking and rolling around in there! Although, strangely, the scariest part isn’t preparing for the arrival of a lil baby boy – it’s figuring out how to include two families in his life when they live on opposite ends of the planet! Eeeek! #firstworldproblems
On a less serious note, this Bunless Cubano / Stuffed Pork is my new fave. I just can’t get enough of it! Definitely a new staple on our dinner and lunch menu (and leftovers for breakfast because I’m crazy like that).
If stuffed things are appealing to you, check out these other yummy recipes in our repertoire:
- Honey Mustard Stuffed Chicken
- Mexican Stuffed Skirt Steak
- Spicy Stuffed Chicken with Roasted Banana Peppers and Queso Blanco
- 3/4 cup • olive oil
- • zest of 1 orange
- • juice of 1 orange
- • zest of 2 limes
- • juice of 2 limes
- 8 • garlic cloves [4tsp minced garlic]
- 1 cup • fresh mint
- 1 cup • fresh cilantro/coriander
- 1 tsp • dried oregano
- 2 tsp • ground cumin
- 1 tsp • salt
- 1 tsp • pepper
- For the rest:
- 4 • pork loin steaks [butterflied]
- 2 • large pickles [sliced thinly lengthwize]
- 6 • slices Swiss cheese [halved]
- 4 • sliced ham
Blend all the ingredients for the marinade together and pour into a large ziplock bag. Add the pork and marinade overnight in the fridge.
Pre-heat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
Remove pork from marinade and spread mustard on the inside. Add ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and fold over. Secure with toothpicks.
Sear the stuffed pork in a medium/hot pan for approximately 2 minutes per side.
Transfer to a baking dish and slide into the oven for about 25-35 minutes.
Note: We like to boil the remaining marinade for a minute or two and add a dash of mustard to use as a dipping sauce for the pork.
Pin it! Bunless Cubano (Cuban Stuffed Pork)