Cuban Sandwich Sliders

Want to be the hero at your Superbowl party this year? Make these Cuban Sandwich Sliders. I speak from experience.

Cuban Sandwich Sliders

Last year, my good friends Matt and Michelle offered to host the Superbowl party. Their house really is one of the best for hosting a football watching get together. They have a big TV and plenty of seating. Fiona and I offered to provide the food for the party. We were expecting about 25-30 people and being the food-obsessed girls that we are, we planned enough food for about 60. We even had food planned to be brought out at half time so there was hot food throughout the entire game.

Cuban Sandwich Sliders

As to be expected, we had a blast planning for the party and everything turned out amazing. But I am going to have to brag for a second and say that these Cuban Sandwich Sliders were the hit of the night. It’s really no surprise since they’re based on the ever-popular Ham and Cheese Sliders that are marinated in a butter/poppy seed mixture for 24 hours prior to being baked.

Cuban Sandwich Sliders

For the past few years, Hubby would make those ham and cheese sliders to take to big parties. Whether it was a Superbowl party, New Years Eve party, or any other occasion, he became an expert at making those little sandwiches. So when we started brainstorming ideas for the Superbowl party last year, Hubby threw out the ham and cheese sliders. One of the other ideas that was being considered was this Cuban Sandwich Dip from Dan of The Food in my Beard. Dan has transformed many sandwiches into dips.

Cuban Sandwich Sliders

As we were downselecting our menu, it hit me. Turn those addictive indulgent ham and cheese sliders into Cuban Sandwich Sliders by simply adding pork, pickles, and mustard! It was a stroke of genius because these little guys are amazing. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures that night last year when the Giants beat the Patriots (woot!) so I made a smaller batch this past weekend so I could share this recipe with you guys.

Cuban Sandwich Sliders

Now you guys know that I dislike pickles. I’m not sure if you understand how much I dislike them though… I made Hubby spread the pickles on the sandwiches because I can’t even handle touching them (he did leave a few with no pickles so I could taste a couple). I even had a hard time buying pickles this weekend, hence this photo on instagram.

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Cuban Sandwich Sliders

Become the star of your next party by serving these Cuban Sandwich Sliders

Yield: Serves 16-20


1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp grated dried onions
1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp honey mustard
2 (12 ounce) packages Hawaiian rolls
24 oz leftover pulled pork (~3 cups)
1 pound cooked ham slices
12 ounces sliced swiss cheese
5-6 Tbsp yellow mustard
2 cups dill pickles


In saucepan, mix butter, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce & mustard, stir until blended and melted. Pour 1/2 of mixture into bottom of baking dish.

If rolls are not pre-cut, cut them lengthwise. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish and spread around to start to soak up the sauce.

Layer the pork, ham, cheese, and pickles on top of the buns. Spread mustard on top of buns. Place tops of buns on sandwich.

Using a shared knife, cut through the sandwiches at the bun seams to cut the meat and cheese. Pour rest of sauce over tops of sandwiches, cover dish and refrigerate up to 24 hours for sauce to soak in.

Preheat oven to 325 F. Place another baking sheet on top of the rolls to press the sandwiches as they bake (you can skip this step if you'd like). Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes until rolls are lightly browned and cheese is melted.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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19 Responses to “Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting”

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    Megan — January 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll take any leftovers! They sound amazing. I keep saying dessert recipes with bacon and bookmarking them, but I haven’t tried any yet. Adding this one to the list now too. 🙂

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    ann — January 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    These look so terrific. I love the flavor combinations!

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    Blog is the New Black — January 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I’m intrigued!

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    KV — January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    interesting! I have a recipe for chocolate bacon fudge or maybe pb bacon fudge but I’m afraid to try it

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    The frosting sounds amazing. I honestly still can’t bring myself to get behind bacon in desserts. Maybe someday I’ll try a bacon cupcake if I’m given one though. 🙂 I can only resist so long.

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    Jennifer — January 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    YUM! These look so good! I haven’t tried the bacon / sweet combo yet, but I’m sure I would love it!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    This looks delicious but I’ve got to ask….what is a pirate party?

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    Jen — January 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Fun and Fearless – It’s exactly like it sounds… Everyone dresses up as a pirate (or something related – Hubby and I went as Treasure maps last year). They even hire this guy who looks like Captain Jack Sparrow to come and there’s a prize for best costume. One of the best parties of the year!

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    Cupcake Activist — January 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Sounds great! The problem I’ve seen with bacon is that sometimes it is chewy in cupcakes. That’s not good. I like that this recipe says to cook until crispy. Extra crispy for me!

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    Laura and Alex — January 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    My favorite candy bar is bacon chocolate!!! I can’t wait to try this 🙂

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    Carrie — January 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, those look and sound amazing!

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    Shannon — January 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    oh yum. after putting bacon in last years cookies this might need to be next 🙂

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    Corrine — January 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I’m so curious to try bacon in baked goods, but do you think turkey bacon would work?

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    Jen — January 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Corrine – I’m sure turkey bacon would work if you could get it nice and crispy. I’ve heard that if the bacon isn’t super crispy, it has a really weird chewy texture in baked goods.

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    Corrine — January 14, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Thanks Jen! I’m going to give it a try!

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    Evan Thomas — January 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    This has just about everything that I would want to go together. Awesome recipe!

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    Medifast Coupons — January 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    This is certianly a unqiue mixture of tastes and textures, but it comes together nicely. Definatly a must try!

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    darcyeats — January 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I am infatuated with the perfect smoky/salty addition of bacon into sweet baked goods. So delicious. Of course, I’m kind of a fan of adding bacon into just about anything.
    Great pics, def wanna try these out!

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    kitchenmisfit — January 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Sorry the cupcakes didn’t turn out like you wanted. Have you ever tried the bacon/chocolate cupcake at Cherry Bomb Bakery in Brighton? They are fantastic!

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