Cuban Sliders

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Who doesn’t love a good Cuban sandwich? Nothing beats these Cuban Sliders! We’ve got sweet and buttery Hawaiian rolls filled with melty Swiss cheese, seasoned shredded pork, tender ham, and crisp dill pickles. 

Try out some of our other favorite slider recipes like these French Dip SlidersHam and Cheese Sliders, or  Italian Sliders.

Image of the Cuban Sliders

The Best Cuban Sliders!

We love sliders around these parts — they’re the ultimate people-pleasing party food and they’re crazy simple to make!

While I typically serve sliders for game days or holidays, I’m realizing how nice they are in the summer when there is a slew of my boys’ friends over (and they’re always hungry). They can down a pan of sliders in no time at all!

Process shots-- images of butter, Dijon, and Worcestershire being combined to make the sauce that goes on the rolls

What Is A Cuban Sandwich Made Of?

Traditionally the ingredients in a Cuban sandwich include roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and sometimes salami. The sandwich is made on soft, slightly sweet Cuban bread.

These Cuban Sliders aren’t too far off; here’s a breakdown of the main ingredients:

  • Hawaiian sweet dinner rollsThese rolls are perfection — soft, a little sweet, and buttery. They crisp up nicely in the oven.
  • Cooked, seasoned, and shredded pork. Our local grocery store sells this conveniently packaged pork alongside cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken. It makes these sliders so easy! If you can’t find cooked pork, prepare some in a slow cooker or you can even leave it off the sliders and double the ham instead!
  • Ham. Ham from the deli is our favorite, but truly any will work–thinly sliced is best here.
  • Swiss cheese. We love baby Swiss cheese in these best, but any Swiss works!
  • Pickles. Dill pickles are best (avoid bread and butter pickles here) — either chips or slices.
  • Dijon mustard. Make sure it’s Dijon, not yellow mustard; we love Grey Poupon® best on these Cuban Sliders.

QUICK TIP

What is the name of the traditional Cuban Sandwich? A Cubano. Translated, it means “the Cuban one.”

Process shots of Cuban Sliders-- images of the ham, pork, Swiss cheese, and dill pickle slices being added

What Goes Well With Cuban Sliders?

Our favorite sides with these sliders:

Process shots-- images of the top half of the rolls being added on top; a butter mixture being spread on top; baking everything.

How To Make Cuban Sliders

The full recipe is below, but here are a few tips for making these sandwiches:

  • Thoroughly drain pickles to avoid soggy sliders.
  • Let melted butter slightly cool before adding in the mustard for the spread.
  • Don’t feel like you need to use all of the buttery topping. There is a good amount of butter to brush over top of the sliders, but you don’t need to use it all! We usually have a couple of tablespoons leftover (let the leftovers harden and then spread on some toast!).
  • Shred the pork a bit more if needed, so you aren’t adding chunks of pork to the sliders (which will make them more difficult to eat).

Up-close image of the Cuban Slider on a plate

STORAGE

Cuban Sliders Storage

These sliders are best right out of the oven when the rolls are nicely crisped and the cheese is perfectly melted.

For leftovers, allow the sliders to cool to room temperature and then store them in airtight bags/containers in the fridge. (Cuban Sliders do get softer and slightly soggier each day they sit in the fridge.)

Image of the tray of Cuban Sliders

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Cuban Sliders

5 from 1 vote
Who doesn't love a good Cuban sandwich? Nothing beats these Cuban Sliders! We've got sweet and buttery Hawaiian rolls filled with melty Swiss cheese, seasoned shredded pork, tender ham, and crisp dill pickles. 
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Cuban Sliders

5 from 1 vote
Who doesn't love a good Cuban sandwich? Nothing beats these Cuban Sliders! We've got sweet and buttery Hawaiian rolls filled with melty Swiss cheese, seasoned shredded pork, tender ham, and crisp dill pickles. 
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Cuban
Keyword cuban sliders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 349kcal
Cost $13.42

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12-count) Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (not yellow mustard)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package (8 oz) thinly-sliced deli ham
  • 2-1/2 cups cooked pulled pork (Note 1)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 30 dill pickle chips, drained
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, separated
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons each: dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, poppyseeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes (Note 2)

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • SEPARATE ROLLS: Unwrap rolls and using a sharp serrated/bread knife, slice through all of the rolls as a sheet, while keeping individual rolls intact. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared pan. 
  • MUSTARD SAUCE: In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and 3 tbsp of melted (but slightly cooled) butter. Briskly mix until smooth and then spread half of the mustard mixture over the bottom half of the rolls in the baking pan. On the cut side of the top half of the rolls, spread the rest of the butter mixture evenly on top.
  • ASSEMBLE: Evenly top the mustard-covered roll bottoms with ham slices. Add pulled pork on top and then the cheese slices. Gently press down into an even layer. Add well-drained pickles. Finally, add the top of the rolls on top.
  • TOPPING SAUCE: In another small bowl, add the remaining 5 tablespoons of melted butter and 1-1/2 teaspoons each of minced garlic, minced onion, and poppyseeds. Add 3/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes. Stir. Use a pastry brush to brush the mixture over the top and sides of the rolls. (It's ok if there is a little leftover -- don't feel like you have to use it all.)
  • BAKE: Cover loosely with foil and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake another 5-10 minutes, or until rolls are nicely golden and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing the rolls apart with a very sharp knife. Enjoy promptly!

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Cooked, seasoned, and shredded pork: Our local grocery store sells this conveniently packaged cooked pork alongside cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken. (We've also tried this sauceless cooked pork). Buying the pork already cooked, seasoned, and shredded makes these sliders so easy! If you can't find cooked pork, you can prepare some in a slow cooker and shred it or you can even leave the pork off the sliders and double the ham instead! (Don't use pre-cooked pork in a BBQ sauce; that will mess up the flavor here!)
Note 2: Sea salt flakes: These are big flakes of salt so the conversion to fine salt is not the same. If you don't have these salt flakes, add a small pinch of fine/table salt instead.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.2g | Protein: 18.3g | Fat: 21.3g | Cholesterol: 82.7mg | Sodium: 844mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 9.7g

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