Monday, April 1, 2013

Turkey Cuban Sandwich

My kids are on spring break this week. Woo hoo! Except not really....because on Friday I had sinus surgery, which means that all weekend I was "recovering" (what's that?) and today, the start of spring break, was my first day flying solo. There is a lot I could say about my surgery, but I'll spare you the gory details. Except to say that going cold turkey on pain medication is NOT a good idea after surgery....a lesson I learned the hard

I seems silly that I would have stopped taking my pain meds just 2 days after surgery....but I knew there was no way I could be home with the kids all week without being able to drive! So, in preparation for driving myself to a post-op appointment this morning, I decided to take my last pain pill yesterday afternoon. I woke up feeling miserable, had to wake the kids up to get to my appointment, dropped them off at a friend's house so I wouldn't have to drag them along with me, and then suffered through my surgeon pulling gelatin disks the size of silver dollars out of my nostrils. But that was not the worst part of my day. No, the worst part of my day was the stop we made on our way home.....the grocery store.

See, the grocery store on a Monday morning is not the best place for a mom-in-pain and her 3 kiddos-on-spring-break to be...because the grocery store on a Monday morning is filled with the same people who go there every Monday morning and like to do their grocery shopping in peace. You know the people I'm talking about....the ones who give moms like me dirty looks and mumble nasty comments under their breath while my kids play ring around the rosie in the aisle....? Today I got a death stare from a woman who had to wait an extra few seconds because Nora dared stand in the way of her cart....that was right after the visible head turns following Nora's shrieking and right before I ran smack dab into someone while chasing Nora and Greta through the frozen food section....

....yes, the grocery store was not our best decision today. But. At the very end of our trip, on our way to the bathroom and bubbler, we stopped to grab a sample from the deli. Cuban sandwiches. My saving grace. They stopped my kids from complaining about hunger, and they occupied my kids while I ran from one end of the store to the other to pick up all the ingredients to make them for dinner tonight....turkey style. the end of the day, I can't decide if our trip to the grocery store was our worst decision.....or our best! What I do know is these Turkey Cubans were delicious.....and the fact that I am now back on my pain meds meant that it only hurt a little to eat them :)

Turkey Cuban Sandwich
1 sandwich roll (I used bolillo rolls)
1 Tbsp. stone ground mustard
5-6 slices turkey (I used 1 lb. of deli turkey for 6 rolls)
1 pickle plank
1 piece deli-sliced mozzarella cheese
2 tsp. butter

1. Cut sandwich roll lengthwise; spread mustard on bread.
2. Fill roll with turkey, pickle, and cheese.
3. Grill in butter on a panini press until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.


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  1. These look super-delicious. I need to try them.
    Hope you have a speedy recovery.

    1. You would probably like the real ones too...with pork! Now we just need to get you a panini maker.... :)

  2. I love cuban sandwiches and I especially love your turkey version! At least your trip to the store ended with dinner inspiration!

  3. I tried my first cuban sandwich last summer and it was tasty. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try.

  4. These just look mouth watering! Thanks for sharing the recipe and sharing these at the Monday Funday party Cathy! Happy to have you!! ;) Bonnie

  5. Awesome, Pinned! Thanks for linking up to MM ~ Paula

  6. This sandwich sounds great....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  7. This sounds yummy and so easy too.

  8. I've never had cuban sandwich but this looks delicious. I'm always on the lookout for new recipes.

  9. Yummy! That sandwich looks perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

  10. This sandwich looks good! I love Cuban sandwiches but I don't always like to eat pork.

    Stopping by from White Lights on Wednesday. Pinned to my food board. Have a great week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  11. Yummy! Thank you for linking up with us at the Pinterest Power Party!! =) Hope you have a great day!


  12. This sandwich looks so good Cathy! Thanks for linking up this post to The Weekend re-Treat! on The Best Blog Recipes. I wanted to stop by and "Pin" your post while I was here tonight :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  13. Oh, this looks so delicious!! YUM!! I just pinned. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Happy Friday! :)

  14. Delicious! Once upon a time, Panera used to make a killer Cuban sandwich. I will definitely be pinning this one! :)

    Thanks for sharing this at Much Ado About Monday!


  15. Hey Cathy! I found your link at The Best Blog Recipes and wanted to let you know how amazing I think this sandwich recipe looks! I want to invite you to my link party to post this recipe for others to see!

  16. Those look sooooooooo scrumptious! I can feel my mouth watering. Thanks for sharing :)!!

  17. What fantastic browning you got on this sandwich. It looks so incredibly good. I wish I could reach in and grab it. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  18. Very delicious looking. Thanks for showing how. Linda

  19. This looks delicious. I just tried a new Cuban dish last night. Sorry to hear about your day, but thank goodness it ended up better!Hope all is well & thanks for sharing @ Inspiration Spotlight! (hugs)

  20. Featuring your recipe tomorrow on my blog and Facebook. Thanks so much for joining my party! You rock!


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