smoky pulled pork, salty ham, tangy pickles, sweet barbecue sauce… this sandwich has it all. ITS LIT FAM. bbq cuban panini is a mashup of two of my favorite things… bbq pulled pork and cuban sandwiches. plus a tangy sweet barbecue dijon mustard spread. definitely an amazing lunch or dinner, and can be made with leftovers of any pulled pork you have.
leftover pulled pork – see my instant pot recipe here! deli ham (i go for the ham off the bone, sliced thin) panini bread (the pane turano panini bread from aldi is our go to) 2-3 slices havarti cheese depending on how big your bread is kosher dill sandwich slices your favorite barbecue sauce dijon mustard
mix together half and half dijon mustard and bbq sauce to make bbq dijon spread. butter each slice of bread generously. build the sandwich by spreading the first slice with the bbq dijon spread. place the cheese first, then pork, ham, pickles, and finally cheese again. spread the other side with sauce and place on top. press in a panini press until golden brown and cheese is melted, or if you’re like me and don’t have a panini press, grill on the stovetop and use something heavy to press the sandwich down. i used a cast iron skillet. hope you love this barbecue cuban sandwich as much as i did… if you try it let me know in the comments!
kid approved and mom-approved, these vegetable chicken nuggets are kind of a pain in the butt to make, but as my 2-year-old would say, “so delicious and so healthy!” plus they’re packed with healthy veggies. inspired by perdue chicken plus nuggets which i can’t find anywhere in california! love that my kiddos are getting a good serving of vegetables and protein in these nuggets and they really are delicious. i probably ate more of them than my son… enjoy!
1 lb ground chicken 3-4 large broccoli florets 1 medium-sized carrot ½ red bell pepper ¼ large yellow onion (If it’s a small onion, use a half) 1 large egg, beaten ¼ tsp kosher salt fresh ground black pepper to taste 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder Few shakes of smoked paprika 1/3-1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs, plus more for coating panko breadcrumbs olive oil
pulse broccoli, carrots, onion, and red pepper in a food processor. saute over medium heat with some olive oil until veggies start to soften. in a large bowl, beat egg and add chicken. once veggies are softened, add into chicken and egg. add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. add in 1/3-1/2 cups of the italian breadcrumbs until meatball consistency. You want it to be able to hold its shape together enough to form into nugget shapes. mix together about half and half panko bread crumbs and italian seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. form meat mixture into nugget shapes (I just grabbed about as much as I would need for a meatball, rolled it into a ball and pressed it flat). it’s easier to do with wet hands so the mixture doesn’t stick. coat each nugget in breadcrumbs and set aside. heat oil over medium heat in a skillet. cook nuggets for about 4 minutes on each side. i’m a crazy person and put the lid on the pan while they were cooking on the first side, just to make extra sure i wouldn’t give everyone salmonella (but this probably isn’t necessary). 🙂
…the two year old ate his entire serving (unheard of), and the 8 month old couldn’t stop shoveling it in. enjoy!
6-7 pound bone in pork shoulder
dry rub: ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar, 1 ½ tbsp kosher salt, ½ tbsp fresh ground black pepper, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp ancho chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, a few shakes of cinnamon (to taste).
braising liquid: 1 can of beer (i used blue moon), about ½ cup of water, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce
the night before, mix together dry rub and cut pork into 2-3 large pieces. add pork and dry rub to a bowl or gallon sized plastic bag, along with dry rub and a few glugs of olive oil. mix together so all the pork is coated in the dry rub/olive oil mixture. refrigerate overnight. next day, add pork and braising liquid to instant pot. cook on manual mode, high pressure for 90 minutes. let pressure cooker naturally release for at least 10 minutes, then you can manually release steam. enjoy tender, juicy pulled pork 🙂