The classic Cuban sandwich is not as Cuban as many people might believe. It originates in Florida where Cuban migrants fused their traditional cuisine with contemporary American tastes to create an iconic dish that would gain so much popularity that it became ubiquitous wherever fast food could be found.
It was during his time posted to the US while serving in the Australian military that owner Mattis became exposed and subsequently enamoured by the cuisine and later decided that it was too good to not share with Adelaide.
Serves 4 – 6
– 2 kg pork shoulder, skinless and boneless
– 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1 cup coriander
– 1 tbsp orange zest
– 3/4 cup orange juice
– 1/2 cup lime juice
– 1/4 cup mint leaves, lightly packed
– 8 garlic cloves
– 1 tablespoon oregano
– 2 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon black pepper
1. Combine marinade ingredients and blend until finely chopped.
2. Place in a large zip-lock bag with the pork. Place in the fridge overnight
3. Remove the pork from the marinade and bring to room temperature. Reserve the marinade.
4. Preheat oven to 170C.
5. Place the pork on a rack in a roasting dish. Cover with double layer of foil or lid.
6. Place in the oven and bake for 150 minutes. Then remove the foil and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes to brown.
7. Remove from the oven and rest for at least 20 minutes.
8. Classic Cuban sandwich: French roll, yellow mustard, dill pickles, sliced mojo pork, Swiss cheese. Butter outside and toast in sandwich press,
Hermanos Cubanos is an artisan take-away shop by the sea in Henley Beach that serves Cuban-inspired street food as well as a selection of Australian-style fish and chips.
Located in Henley Square it’s a perfect complement to a day at the beach. Seating is available in Henley Square but all food is suitable for take-away.