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Turkey Cuban Sandwiches

Use leftover turkey and ham to create a whole different meal with these easy to make grilled sandwiches that are similar to the popular Cuban sandwich.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 8 slices of cuban bread or sliced fresh baked bread. (I used an Asiago Cheese Bead Loaf from my market's bakery.)
  • 4 slices of roasted turkey (I used 4 slices of roasted turkey breast and I sliced it about 1/4 inch thick)
  • 4 slices of roasted ham (I slice these slices at about 1/4 inch thick) or 8 slices of deli ham
  • 8 slices aged Swiss cheese
  • 16 dill pickle slices (as shown in the pictures)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Sandwich Spread Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used reduced fat olive oil mayonnaise)
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • (This makes about 1 cup of sauce)


  • First make the sandwich spread by mixing all of the sandwich spread ingredients.
  • Spread about a tablespoon of the sandwich spread on to one side of the bread.
  • Then, layer your ham, turkey, pickles, and Swiss cheese on to that slice of bread you put the sandwich spread on. To complete the sandwich, top with another piece of bread.
  • Repeat this 3 more times to make a total of 4 sandwiches with your ingredients.
  • Melt the butter, and brush the outer sides of the bread with the melted butter.
  • Turn on your griddle or panini press and let it heat up according to the manual's instructions. Or let a pan get hot on medium to medium high heat.
  • Once the pan or cooking device is hot, add your sandwiches to it and cooked until the outside of each sandwich is golden brown, the cheese is melted, and the sandwich filling is heated through. This typical takes me about 3 to 4 minutes. (If you are using a pan, make sure to flip the sandwiches every one to two minutes to ensure both sides get golden brown, and the filling heats through.)


Freezer Friendly Tip: If you don't want to make these sandwiches immediately with your leftover roasted ham and turkey, put your leftover ham & turkey in the freezer until ready to use. Just thaw it out a few hours in the refrigerator before using.
Menu Planning Tip: Don't have roasted turkey and ham, but you want this sandwich? Use deli sliced ham, and roasted turkey from your local grocer deli. You can even used leftover roasted chicken in place of turkey.
Cooking Tip:
If you want this sandwich flat (similar to a panini) but don't have a fancy cooking device, place a heavy pan on top of the sandwiches while they cook in the pan to help flatten the sandwiches.
I add about 4 pickles to each sandwich, but if you love pickles, add more to suit your taste.
I add 1 tablespoon of sandwich spread to each sandwich and use the rest of the sauce as a dipping sauce while eating. But if you like your sandwich to have a lot of sauce, add more of the sandwich spread to your sandwich while assembling the sandwiches.