|A Caban-style canape, inspire by one of my favorite sandwiches, the Cubano!|
Winner for Best Burger-Peoples Choice in BetterRecipes.com weekly contest, 2012
I fell in love with the Cubano sandwich years ago when I lived in West New York, New Jersey in a densely, Cuban populated neighborhood. I wanted to reinvent the flavors of my favorite sandwich, but in the style of a burger. Leaving the burger open-faced, showcases the elegance of the Cuban-styled burger, and the border of brioche around the burger allows you to neatly hold it in your hand as it hugs The Plantano Cubano. This is one burger that has a big-wow factor and is perfect for entertaining!
This Plantano Cubano hews closely to the Cuban tradition in flavor, while elegantly styled for a party as a chic, open-faced burger. Taking queues from the classic, Cubano sandwich, my version swaps out the pork and ham slices for the ground pork and Serrano ham. The Serrano ham pieces are laced throughout the ground pork mixture resulting in a savory, juicy patty. Staying true to the overall flavor profile of the Cubano sandwich, each pork patty is topped with Swiss cheese and a tangy, dill pickle relish. Each patty sits atop a brioche-round slathered in champagne mustard and more pickle relish.
A final nod to the Cuban culture is the fried and salty plantain chip that crowns this delicious little flavor bomb, The Plantano Cubano. Serve on coasters (as shown) or, on a serving tray.