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Simple Sundays | Cubano Breakfast Sandwich

Weekends are for eggy sandwiches. Sunny side up, yolks quivering, just waiting to be pierced (that is the best part, isn’t it?), squished between good bread, salty ham, and peppered with hot sauce. Just as pancakes and waffles are part of our weekend repertoire, egg…

Cubano Breakfast Sandwich | www.kitchenconfidante.com | The ultimate egg sandwich, piled high with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickled pepperocini.
Simple Sundays | Cubano Breakfast Sandwich

Cubano Breakfast Sandwich | www.kitchenconfidante.com | The ultimate egg sandwich, piled high with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickled pepperoncini.

Weekends are for eggy sandwiches. Sunny side up, yolks quivering, just waiting to be pierced (that is the best part, isn’t it?), squished between good bread, salty ham, and peppered with hot sauce. Just as pancakes and waffles are part of our weekend repertoire, egg sandwiches are just as loved, which makes me wonder why I’ve never devoted a post to them before.

Last weekend, I was away, which meant that there were no egg sandwiches, but I was in St. Helena (and I can’t wait to share more on that). And when in St. Helena, stopping at the Model Bakery is a must, for their heavenly, oh-so-buttery English muffins.

Cubano Breakfast Sandwich | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A must when you're in St. Helena, California.

If you’ve never had an English muffin from Model Bakery, I urge you to try making it at home. The recipe is floating around the internets, and I am determined to try it myself one day. But for now, I am happy to get it straight from the source. I brought home a dozen – enough to surprise my family and some dear friends.

With fresh English muffins, my craving for a good egg sandwich had to be satisfied once I got home. The Cubano sandwich is epic in and of itself: salty roast pork, sliced thin, stacked together with smoked ham, swiss cheese and pickles, all pressed together in buttery bread. But put an egg on it, and you’ve got the ultimate breakfast sandwich. Which makes for a pretty awesome Sunday.

Cubano Breakfast Sandwich | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Because a Cubano sandwich is better with an egg on it.

Cubano Breakfast Sandwich

1 sandwich | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes

Because a Cubano sandwich is better with an egg on it.

Ingredients

Roast pork, sliced thin (see notes)

Smoked ham, sliced thin

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 large egg

Swiss cheese

English muffins or good bread

Butter, softened to room temperature

Dijon mustard

Pickled pepperoncini, stems removed and halved, or regular sandwich pickles

 

Instructions

Preheat the broiler.

In a griddle pan or cast iron pan, brown the roast pork and ham on both sides.  While the meats are browning, heat oil in a small pan over medium low heat and gently cook the egg, sunny side up, until the whites are opaque but the yolk is still runny. Gently transfer egg and browned pork and ham to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

Butter both sides of the English muffin with butter and Dijon mustard. Layer one half with the roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and pepperocinis. Place the sandwich half under the broiler to melt the cheese, then immediately top with egg and the other half of the English muffin. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you have a pannini press, you can make a more traditional cubano, which is pressed flat. I would recommend cooking the egg a little longer so there is less mess when the yolk breaks. This can also be done in a griddle pan and pressing the sandwich with another heavy pan, such as a cast iron skillet.

The roast pork recipe that was created by Roy Choi for the movie Chef is worth trying. You can find his recipe for Mojo Marinated Pork Shoulder here. Otherwise, storebought is great, too!

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  1. Laura at Creative Supergirl

    This breakfast sandwich looks absolutely amazing! I haven’t heard of that bakery before. I don’t make it up to St. Helena too much but I make have to make the trip up there now. That looks so delicious!

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  2. Shaina

    Those English muffins look insanely good, and that egg is just perfection. Perfect breakfast sandwich combination here.

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  3. Leslie

    YUM!  I love Model Bakery English muffins.  We were in Napa all weekend and I couldn’t convince the family to go with me.  Next time I’m going to try this.  Or, possibly make one at home.  Thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. Kelsey M

    Ooey gooey sunny side up eggs in sandwiches make THE BEST food porn-y goodness.  These look simply amazing (I actually made something similar this weekend for myself and it really is the perfect breakfast sandwich for the weekend!)

    -Kelsey

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  5. Jason @ PlentyOfZest

    That looks superb Liren, and brings back memories of a (now, sadly, closed) cafe that introduced the Cubano to this ignorant Aussie. They used to make it with slow cooked thick rashers of pork belly.  Probably a bit much for breakfast, and not authentic I’m sure, but an amazing lunch! 

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  6. Th

    I’m a serial monogamist when it comes to breakfast – I usually stick to an egg or fruit in the morning. It definitely has been too long though since I made a sandwich like this for breakfast – so I have to soon!

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  7. cristina

    Wow!  What a sandwich, Liren…and that image is just pure food goodness!  Can we meet for breakfast…I’ll bring the juice and coffee (or lattes), please bring those sandwiches!  :)

    Reply
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