is there such a thing? sure there is. what's a redneck cuban you ask? let's tackle that question in two parts, first the redneck. i think if you are at all familiar with the southern u.s., you already know, but for those folks who don't live in these here parts, it is a slang term referring to an individual with a lower socio-economic and educational status. originally, farmers were dubbed a redneck because they walked behind their horse drawn plows in the fields and would get a sunburned neck.
next up, the cuban, and i don't mean mr. castro, but the sandwich. it is a wonderful pork sandwich brought to the u.s. by cuban immigrant workers. now, let's put the two together. here is my redneck cuban. i had some leftover roasted pork tenderloin that i combined with deli virginia ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles and yellow mustard on french bread. i put is in my fancy panini press, oh wait a minute, i ain't got no fancy panini press. i had to improvise, hence the redneck in my cuban. i simply melted some butter in a non-stick skillet and placed the bready goodness in and grilled 3-4 minutes on each side. i used another smaller skillet piled high with whatever cans that were in the cupboard. initially i was planning on using a brick paver, but this hillbilly version worked pretty dang good once i got the cans strategically balanced. the end result was a crispy, cheesey, slightly salty FLAT sandwich that would even make fidel happy.
apetito del bon!
i would so do this again, and i will.
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