Latin vegetarian recipe of the day: Vegetarian Cuban sandwich

I think my Cuban grandmother would probably kill me if she saw this, but after yesterday's potaje de garbanzos recipe (which is technically Spanish) I couldn't help but taking a look at another Latin favorite--the Cuban sandwich--and making it vegetarian for Day 4 of our Latin vegetarian series for National Vegetarian Week. This version of the sandwich is actually surprisingly hearty (thanks to the mushrooms, bell peppers and spinach) and still full of Latin flavor (thanks to the mustard and Chipotle sour cream). Although nothing can beat the classic (in my humble Cuban opinion), this vegetarian Cuban sandwich comes as a close second and would make a great (and healthy!) lunch option.


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Vegetarian Cuban Sandwich (recipe courtesy of Rafael Palomiro/Food Network)

4 (8-inch) long pieces French bread, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Chipotle nonfat sour cream
1 roasted red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
4 oyster mushrooms, marinated and cooked (Sauteed)
1 handful lightly sauteed spinach
2 teaspoons nicoise olives, pitted and thinly sliced
4 thin slices low-fat white cheddar cheese
1 dill pickle thinly sliced lengthwise into long, fat (broad) slices

Heat a griddle (or use a sandwich press) or cast-iron skillet to very hot. Spread the mustard and sour cream on the top halves. On the bottom halves layer the roasted pepper, mushrooms, spinach, olives, cheese and pickle. Cover with the top halves, and wrap each sandwich tightly in aluminum foil. Place these sandwiches on the griddle or skillet, and then place a heavy skillet on top; try to distribute the weight evenly over the sandwiches. (You can even use a brick to do this!) Cook 3 to 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally to flatten the sandwiches. Serve immediately. 

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Topics: cuban food  healthy latin recipes  latin vegetarian recipes