Wow ... Cuban sandwiches ... Have made me think of my days in Miami Beach / Miami, where I lived 1986 - 1993 ... My dear friend Maria and I used to go have a Cuban Sandwich every 2 or 3 weeks together on Calle Ocho ( 8th Street ). Fond memories ... and tasty too.
Interesting that Miami Cubans and Union City, New Jersey Cubans ( I lived in Manhattan ) have a different take on the Cuban sandwich ... The bread is quite a bit less lardier than in Miami ... and crispier.
The Cuban sandwich in Spain ( not a huge Cuban Community, however, they have several Cubans who have lived here a long time ) is actually made with Spanish bread, more of a Baguette, similar to the French and they employ " Lacón " which is a Galician Pork Shoulder pink meat that is boiled, verses a Roast Suckling Piglet ( called a cochinillo in Castillan Spanish and " Tostón " in Cuban Spanish ) . BOTH quite good too, however, different.
You have just given me a good idea ! Thanks ... I am not a jar, nor can nor packaging woman, so I use " oak barrel marinated pickles " which I pick up in the Historic Centre, at the Market ( The Rastro ) on Sunday mornings --- and they are to die for ...
The website you have recommended is quite interesting, however, I have travelled extensively through South America and Mexico, La Republica Dominicana, Puerto Rico and lived 2 years in Mexico and 18 months in South America ( my deceased husband worked on commercial - business buildings / real estate archietectural projects there ) and the issue with duplicating recipes from such indigenious regions and their historic methods, gets a bit lost in the USA or Europe.
The Peruvian cuisines are stunning. I make Chupe quite often; a shrimp chowder, with potato, chili peppers and tomato. I posted a whole group culinary terms from these regions which u may find of interest. I also, enjoy fried Yuca, casava or manioc ... This is very Cubana ! Also, yuca en mojo which is garlic, lime coulis, and olive oil as it is a thick thick sauce ... And the Macho Plantains ( green bananas which are a vegetable NOT A FRUIT ) fried like crispy ... drizzled with lime as a side too.
Now, to go for ingredients, for a Cuban Sandwich ! Just the bread shall have to be Spanish !
Thanks for this post.