Morning: dump meat and marinade into slow cooker for the day.
Pork roast, 2-4 pounds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
4. Dump the meat and marinade into a slow cooker set on low and leave for work.
5. Come home and enjoy how your house smells.
6. Remove meat from slow cooker and put into a bowl. It will fall apart easily. With 2 forks, encourage the shredding process. Add some of the juices from the cooking back into the shredded meat. Set aside until you're ready to assemble the sandwiches.
Adapted from http://icuban.com/food/cuban_sandwich.html
4 cups (17 ounces) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter; or 3 tablespoons fresh lard, cut into small pieces
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) water
Intructions and pictorial here: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/a-cuban-sandwich-recipe
Mine looked like this. This was one of the stiffest doughs I've ever worked with. I had a hard time getting it to rise but our kitchen was on the cool side. I'd make these rolls again but make sure next time that I have a better/warmer spot to allow the dough to rise.
Sliced deli ham
Pre-heat griddle or pan. If you have one, put a cast-iron skillet on top. You'll see why in a minute. This was my great-grandmother's skillet.
Slice rolls lengthwise, spread with mustard. Top with ham, cheese, pickles, then the shredded pork.
We're finally nearing the end of my pickle-making spree 2 years ago. Finally.
Spray the assembled sandwiches with cooking spray, then put them onto the griddle. Spray the tops of the sandwiches, then put the hot skillet on top. This weighs them down (who needs a panini press?!?) and heats them from the top. Notice that I added additional weight with a measuring cup of water.
I wound up flipping mine because the skillet wasn't hot enough. You might need to, you might not.
Remove from the griddle and slice on a long diagonal.
Dig in! I served these with salt & vinegar kettle chips. I love how the puckery vinegar chips go with the dill pickle.