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Cubano Panini

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 41 min.
Total: 1 hr. 11 min.
This healthier version of a traditional Cuban sandwich gives the same delicious flavor and high-quality protein but with less of the saturated fat.


  • 3/4 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 multigrain baguette (8 ounces), cut into 4 sections and then each halved lengthwise
  • 2 Tbs prepared yellow mustard
  • 4 oz low-fat Swiss cheese
  • 4 oz dill pickle sandwich toppers


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Coat a wire rack with cooking spray and place on a shallow baking pan.
  • Rub the pork tenderloin with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the garlic salt and pepper. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the pork registers 155°F and the juices run clear. Cool the pork for 15 minutes.
  • Thinly slice the meat against the grain. Spread the cut side of the bottom half of the bread with the mustard. Top each with the cheese, pork, and an overlapping layer of pickle slices. Top with the remaining bread halves.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches top side down and place another heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches, pressing down slightly to help flatten. Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Turn the sandwiches over and replace the second skillet on top. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the sandwiches are flat and heated through. Remove from the pan and cut each sandwich in half on a sharp angle. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Calories 345
  Calories from Fat 96 (28%)
(17%)Total Fat 11g
(16%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(22%)Cholesterol 65mg
(55%)Sodium 1313mg
(15%)Potassium 540mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
(20%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 7g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(63%)Protein 31g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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