When I first heard of the movie “Chef,” I was hesitant to watch it. Contrary to popular belief, just because you are a chef doesn’t mean you want to watch all the movies and TV shows about other chefs. “Top Chef” in the early years? Sure. “Chef’s Table” on Netflix? Why not. But a movie about a chef who finds his path by opening a food truck? Mmmm…Well, despite my hesitation, I somehow found myself watching the movie. I’ll spare you my opinions on the story, but one thing I did take away from it was how to make a real Cuban sandwich. Luckily, I found the recipe online was able to recreate the mouth watering sandwich. Here is the Cuban sandwich from the movie “Chef”!

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Cuban Sandwich from the movie "Chef"
Serves 6
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Mojo marinated pork shoulder
  1. ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 cup lightly packed cilantro, finely chopped
  3. 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
  4. ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  5. ½ cup fresh lime juice
  6. ¼ cup lightly packed mint leaves, finely chopped
  7. 8 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1 tbsp minced oregano
  9. 2 tsp ground cumin
  10. Kosher salt and pepper
  11. 3½ lb boneless pork shoulder, in one piece
  1. 6 oz thinly sliced boiled ham
  2. Softened butter, for brushing
  3. Six 6-inch-long soft baguettes or heros, split lengthwise
  4. Yellow mustard, for brushing
  5. ¾ lb thinly sliced Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder (recipe follows)
  6. ½ lb thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  7. 3 half-sour dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise
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I’ve tried quite a few Cubanos from various restaurants and delis, only to walk away with disappoint. Each one fell short of what I had in mind of what a real Cuban sandwich should be. My choices were to either go to Florida or to make one myself. With Roy Choi’s recipe from “Chef” available online, I knew I had to prepare it myself. 

The recipe starts by marinating the pork in a mojo marinade. The pork is the main ingredient of the sandwich and should thus be tender and of course, flavorful. To achieve this, Choi marinades the meat in a mojo marinade, which consists of citrus, fresh herbs and spices. It is then roasted for several hours until fall apart tender. Since I was only preparing this for two, I decided to use pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder. The shoulder would, in my opinion, be much more tender and flavorful, but the tenderloin is a good second choice.

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The pork alone tastes amazing, but now it’s time to turn it into a sandwich. In the movie, the chef butters the bread and finishes it in a panini press, but since I don’t own one, I decided to use my grill pan. Place the assembled sandwiches on the pan and place a weight on top (I used another cast iron pan on top). Press gently and cook until grill marks appear. Flip and repeat. Remove from pan and devour immediately!

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No matter where you go, the ingredients for a Cuban sandwich will always be the same: pork, pickles, cheese and ham. What makes this sandwich different? Or should I say, better? The juicy mojo pork! The tender goodness makes a world of difference. It may not look like much this Cuban sandwich is the best that I have tried!

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