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I’m thrilled to be part of It is a Keeper’s Slow Cookin’ Summer Series! I’m Susan from Love in the Kitchen where I share my passion for cooking easy and tasty homemade food with fresh ingredients with you.
Today I am sharing Slow Cooker Cubano Sliders. These sandwiches are inspired by the flavors of the traditional Cubano sandwich – roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese and mustard – but cooked in the slow cooker.
The Cubano is basically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a couple of other key ingredients that really set it apart from your ordinary sandwich. The star of this sandwich is the slow-cooked pork. The pork adds the Cuban touch as it is slow-cooked with plenty of mojo, a delicious citrus and garlic marinade.
Slow Cooker Cubano Sliders
- 3 pound pork roast
- 2 cups chopped onions, 2 large
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (remove the seeds if you prefer less heat)
- ½ cup chicken broth
- juice of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 24 sliders or mini buns, split
- ¼ cup yellow mustard
- 12 slices smoked deli ham, halved
- 12 slices Jarlsburg cheese halved, or Swiss
- Cornichons or small dill pickles
Make the Pork
- In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the ingredients for the roast pork.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.
Make the Sauce
- In a medium skillet cook minced garlic in olive oil over medium heat until just starting to brown. Remove from heat.
- Add the juices, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium.
- Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced.
- Shred the pork while it is still in the slow cooker.
- Stir the sauce into the shredded pork and let cook for another 15 minutes in the slow cooker.
- To serve, spread cut sides of each bun with butter.
Grill in saute pan, cut side down, until just browned and a little crisp.
- Remove from pan and spread mustard on each bun half.
- Top bun bottoms with one-half slice ham and one-half slice cheese.
- Use a slotted spoon to spoon roast pork mixture on top of cheese slices.
- Cover with bun tops.
- If desired, garnish each slider with a cornichons
Estimated Nutritional Information
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These Slow Cooker Cubano Sliders make wonderful dinner sandwiches. For even more traditional flavors, serve with spicy black bean soup or black beans and rice, and plantain chips.
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