Loaded with ham, roast pork, Swiss, pickles, and mustard, these baked Cuban sliders are perfect for serving a crowd, or for a simple family meal.
Recently I have discovered that my children will eat anything in slider form. Apparently shrinking a dish down to match their pint-size personalities exponentially improves the flavor. I certainly won't complain about that, as any meal tastes better without an extra side of shrieking children. I hope your family enjoys it as well!
These baked Cuban sliders are inspired by the popular Cuban sandwich and feature all of the classic flavors, as well as a few creative twists. Craft this recipe for a kid-friendly family meal, or an easy crowd-pleaser.
Cuban Sandwich Ingredients
A traditional Cuban sandwich appropriately enough uses Cuban bread. These Cuban sliders deviate from that by using King's Hawaiian sweet rolls (affiliate link) instead. They are not only the ideal 'slider' size, but their sweet flavor is the perfect complement to the salty pork.
The filling in a Cuban sandwich typically consists of deli ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and yellow mustard. Though you can earn bonus points by roasting your own pork, it can be simply be purchased sliced from the deli counter instead.
If you are craving Cuban flavors that feature beef, give my Slow Cooker Cuban Shredded Beef recipe a try!
Cuban Sliders Sauce
One way these Cuban sliders deviate from the traditional sandwich is the flavorful sauce that is painted over the buns prior to baking. The sauce is a mixture of melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon. This is similar to the sauce I use on my Baked Mississippi Roast Party Sandwiches.
The Dijon mustard, in particular, adds a lot of flavor to this recipe. Since the sliders also call for yellow mustard, I tested this recipe without Dijon in the sauce, but found that the flavors all played really well together.
How Long to Bake Cuban Sliders
Baking these Cuban sliders transforms them into enticingly hot and melty party sandwiches. With the oven set to 350 degrees, the key is to wrap them in aluminum foil for 10 minutes to trap the heat inside to melt the cheese and warm the meat. Then finish baking them for 10 minutes uncovered.
24 sliders fit nicely on a large rimmed baking sheet, or the recipe can be cut in half and a small baking dish can be used instead.
- 24 Hawaiian sweet rolls (King's Hawaiian brand)
- ¾ pound sliced deli ham
- ¾ pound deli counter sliced roast pork
- 10 slices Swiss cheese (approximately 7 oz)
- 24 sliced dill pickles
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard (more or less to taste)
- ½ cup butter (melted)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut buns in half to separate the top and bottom, keeping them attached to each other.
- Place bottom of the buns on a large rimmed baking sheet and layer deli ham and roast pork slices on the buns, then top with cheese and pickles. Squirt yellow mustard evenly over the toppings to taste. Top with upper half of the buns.
- Mix together the melted butter, Worcestershire, and Dijon to combine. Liberally paint the tops of the buns with the mixture and let it drip down the sides as well.
- Cover the sliders with aluminum foil to trap heat and place in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Cut sliders into individual portions and serve.