I can picture some of you trying to pronounce this sandwich and if you separate it, it’s Media Noche, which pretty much means midnight in Spanish. It’s a Cuban sandwich that was eaten late at night when people would leave the clubs in Havana. It’s close to a typical Cuban sandwich BUT it’s eaten on a sweet egg dough bread that quite frankly is hard to find. Just like Cuban bread…sigh…
However, recently I made this delicious malta braised pork and I started wondering what I can do with the leftovers. When the pork came out of the oven, my husband immediately began picking at it while sighing and wishing he could have a medianoche. Trying to recreate that sandwich on a baguette was a no go, but what if we used Hawaiian rolls?
We don’t always have them on hand, because my husband could literally eat them all within two days. When I told him about using them for medianoche sliders, he simply asked, why haven’t we done this before?
They work really well if you happen to not live in close proximity to Miami, let alone South Florida. It’s very easy to make and I actually wrapped them individually with aluminum foil and placed them in the freezer. When my husband was running late for work, he’d grab one and toss it in his lunch bag, heating it up when he was ready to eat.
Or you can make them for a party! That would probably make more sense, wouldn’t it?
Either way, make them with the leftover braised pork, it’s an easy meal. Oh, and don’t forget some plantain chips while you’re at it!
- 12 Hawaiian bread rolls
- Sliced swiss cheese
- Butter pickles or relish
- 1/4 cup of deli mustard
- 1/4 cup of mayo
- 1 cup of Malta braised pork or any shredded pork (with no bbq sauce)
- 1/3 lb of shaved ham
- To make it faster and easier, slice the all of the sliders in half and lay it open on your cutting board.
- Mix the mayo and mustard in a small bowl. Cut your swiss cheese into 4 pieces each.
- Spoon about a teaspoon of the mayo and mustard mixture on each side of the hawaiian bread. Place a pickle or relish on one side, then a few pieces of ham, some pork and a slice of swiss cheese. Close and enjoy!
- These can be pressed, but we liked them as is.
- You can assemble these in any order you like, as long as the flavors are there, it's the closest you will get to a Medianoche!
- To freeze, simple wrap each one in aluminum foil, label and place in a large ziplock bag. To heat up, just zap it in the microwave in 20 second intervals or slowly heat them in a 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Doesn’t look like the ones back in Miami but at least the flavors are there!
And clearly Autumn couldn’t wait to have some herself.
My husband beat her to the punch.