A close cousin to the Cuban sandwich, it is so named because of the sandwich’s popularity as a staple served in Havana’s night clubs right around or after midnight.
How to make a Medianoche:
- 4 sweet bread rolls, egg bread or Challah.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup mustard
- 1 pound thinly sliced cooked ham
- 1 pound thinly sliced fully cooked pork
- 1 pound sliced Swiss cheese
- 1 cup dill pickle slices
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Split the bread in half horizontally. Spread mustard and mayonnaise liberally onto the inside of each half.
- Place and equal amount of Swiss cheese, ham and pork, in that order, a few pickles, and put the top of the bread onto the sandwich. Brush both sides with melted butter.
- Press each sandwich in a sandwich press heated to medium-high heat. If a sandwich press is not available, use a large skillet over medium-high heat, and press the sandwiches down using a sturdy plate or skillet. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, keeping sandwiches pressed.
- Slice diagonally and serve hot.
Best served with fried plantain chips, “mariquitas” and a cold mamey milkshake, “batido de mamey“.