Food - Drink
For A Perfect Cuban Sandwich, The Bread Matters
By KAREN HART
Today, the Cuban sandwich—which usually consists of slices of seasoned roast pork and sweet ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and bold mustard—is so famous that you can order one up at just about any delicatessen you step into. However, with making a Cuban sandwich, the most important ingredient you can reach for is the bread.
In order to make an authentic Cuban sandwich, you will need to use a specific type of bread known as Pan Cubano. Pan Cubano is a long loaf that's made using lard, which keeps the bread soft on the inside but crisp on the outside; the most essential aspect of the bread is its soft interior because it has to have some give when you squeeze it.
You can easily find loaves of this favored Cuban bread if you live in an area with lots of Latin bakeries; however, if you can't locate any, you can also use Cuban Medianoche bread. According to Foods Guy, other acceptable, yet inauthentic, alternatives to Pan Cubano include "white bread, ciabatta, focaccia, or anadama bread."