|"Southern Style" Crispy Pork Belly Cubano Sandwich with Ham, Smoked Swiss, |
Homemade Garlic Aioli, + Green Tomato Pickles on Grilled Bread
For the Homemade Garlic Aioli:
1 Egg Yolk
1t White Vinegar
1 ½t Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
¼t Dijon Mustard & Sugar
2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Minced
1 Head of Roasted Garlic, Cooled & Garlic Pulp Only
½t Garlic Salt
¾C Canola Oil
For the Crispy Pork Belly Cubano Sandwiches:
1 Baguette of French Bread, Sliced Lengthwise
Yellow Mustard & Homemade Garlic Aioli, For Spreading
Cubes of Crispy Pork Belly
Thinly Sliced Black Forrest Ham
Slices of Aged or Smoked Swiss Cheese
Green Tomato Pickle Slices
Softened Butter, For Grilling
1. For the Homemade Garlic Aioli: Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, minced garlic, roasted garlic pulp, and ½t salt in medium bowl. Whisk until blended and bright yellow, about 30 seconds. Using ¼t measuring spoon and whisking constantly, add ¼C of the oil to yolk mixture, a few drops at a time, about 4-5 minutes. Gradually add remaining ½C canola oil in very slow thin stream, whisking constantly, until mayonnaise is thick, about 8-10 minutes (mayonnaise will be lighter in color). Season the mayo with sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
2. For the Crispy Pork Belly Cubano Sandwiches: Slice open the baguette bread down the middle. On the topside of the bread spread on some mustard and on the other side spread on some garlic aioli, evenly across. And then place 4 green tomato pickles on top of the mustard. You then place some sliced of Swiss cheese on top of the pickles, followed by the sliced ham and crispy pork belly. You then join both halves of the sandwich. You are now ready to grill your Cuban sandwich.
3. Grilling the Sandwich: Use a sandwich grill if you have one, a waffle iron if not. Spread butter on top of the bread evenly. Close the grill, smashing the sandwich. Leave sandwich in the grill until top of bread turns to a golden brown, and top is crisp. Approximate time is 4 to 6 minutes. After the sandwich is crispy and the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich carefully and slice it diagonally, from corner to corner.