Monday, December 30, 2013

Cuban Sandwiches by Die For Love Author Caridad Piniero

We all know that Caridad can write some sizzling romantic suspense stories,  Die For Love being the latest in her Vampire Reborn Series! What many of you may not know is that she is of Cuban decent. When I asked her if she wanted to share a recipe with me, she was gracious enough to share the recipe for Cuban sandwiches. And boy do these sound delicious!

Maybe eating these while reading Die for Love is the perfect combination? I know I'm up for it, are you?

Cuban Sandwiches and Medianoches 

You see Cuban sandwiches appearing more and more everyday, especially with the panini craze that’s happening in a lot of places, basically because a Cuban sandwich is very similar to a panini in how it’s made.

What’s the difference between a Cuban sandwich and a Medianoche? 

A Medianoche is made with a light egg bread/roll rather than Cuban bread. The medianoche or “midnight” sandwich, was named that because the lighter version of the sandwich became popular as a midnight after-Club snack in the 1940s and 50s.

Cuban bread is rather unique — light and airy since it’s made with lard, but it does have a “crust” of sorts. If you’re going to try making a Cuban sandwich, you’re better off with an inexpensive store Italian bread with a lighter crust rather than a good bread with a nice hard crust. Why? Like a panini, you grill and flatten a Cuban sandwich, so a light crust is better since it allows for a flatter sandwich. In Cuba (and Miami), getting a Cuban sandwich for lunch or as a snack was kind of like going to McDonalds. You could get one anywhere. When I’d go to South Beach, I’d head to David’s Cafeteria on the corner of 11th and Collins for a sandwich sometimes. I hit David’s every morning though for a few Cuban coffees — cafe con leche!

What you’ll need to make a Cuban Sandwich:

Somewhere to grill the sandwich — George Foreman grill, panini maker, sandwich press (plancha) or what I do — flat baking tray with a larger cast iron griddle.


Cuban Bread or Italian Bread with light crust or egg bread roll butter roast pork
Virginia ham/Honey ham
Swiss Cheese
 (Please note that the traditional recipe calls for you to also put mustard and pickles on the sandwich. YUK!)

 So here goes on the assembly: 

 Slice the bread lengthwise. Layer a few slices each of ham, pork and swiss cheese on the bread. Butter the outside of the bread. Place the bread on the ungreased baking tray. Place a layer of foil above the sandwiches and then place the heavy griddle above (or heavy cast iron pans/sandwich press). If you are using a panini maker or George Foreman grill, just put the sandwich right on them. Bake/Grill the sandwich (at about 375 degrees), pressing down on the top griddle/press occassionally in order to flatter the sandwich. In the oven, it takes about twenty minutes or so to get a nice toast on the bread, melt the cheese and reheat the ham and pork. Cut into hero-size lengths — about six inches. Cut on a diagonal (the traditional way the Cuban Sandwich is served).

If you’re not a pork lover, you can substitute a good roast turkey for the pork and the sandwich will still be as tasty!

About Die For Love

Loving a dead man can be brutal.

 Diana Reye’s pregnancy is draining her of life. Now vampire Ryder Latimer is faced with the most difficult choice of all. Turn Diana, or lose her and the baby. If Ryder chooses to save them, he risks the wrath of the Slayer Council and will be marked for death by their friend Michaela.

Chasing a vampire can be consuming.

 While acting as an enforcer for the Slayer Council, FBI agent Michaela Ramirez has been searching for the vampire who raped and killed her mother. Since meeting FBI Director Jesus Hernandez, however, Michaela is losing a bit of her edge. She can’t stop imagining the possibility of a life full of happiness and passion with her handsome boss by her side…and in her bed.

Living without love isn’t an option.

 But soon trouble comes calling as the vampire she hunts makes Michaela his prey. Now, as she and Ryder both make the difficult decision to break all the rules for love, Michaela finds herself in a battle not only for her own life, but for her friends’ lives as well.

About Caridad Piniero

New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word through high school, college and law school. In 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released and over a decade later, Caridad is the author of almost forty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.
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