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Leftover pulled pork turned into Cuban magic!!

Every time I smoke a Pork shoulder I’m thinking about what to do with the leftovers. Cuban sandwiches are one of my all time favorites but I didn’t have any rolls at the time. Instead I just loaded all the ingredients into a cast iron skillet and made this delicious Cuban Casserole. I was in heaven with the combination of smoky pork, pickles, ham and Swiss simmered in a Dijon cream sauce. You won’t even miss the roll and for me it’s all about the toppings anyway.

A perfect combination of flavor and texture.

Cuban sandwiches are traditionally made with sliced Pork loin but using leftover pulled pork is a fantastic substitute. You get the added smoky fatty pork that is tender and melts in your mouth. Even if your Pork was a little dry the Dijon cream will bring it back to life. The richness of the pork is balanced by the crunchy tangy pickles perfectly. Then to take it over the top the salty ham and nutty Swiss round out this simple one pan recipe.

To bun or not to bun…

If you do want to make a sandwich I still recommend reheating the pulled pork in the Dijon cream. You can then top with ham and Swiss and press the sandwich on the grill. Either way the combination of ingredients are a perfect blend of flavors. Traditional Cuban sandwiches are either pressed using a brick wrapped in foil or grilled on a panini press. The roll tends to be a softer hoagie roll rather than a crusty baguette.

A brief history of the Cuban Sandwich

From what I’ve read via Wikipedia the Cuban sandwich originated in Key West and Miami in the late 1900s. It was a quick and easy sandwich created by the cigar factory workers with ingredients they had available. Later the sandwiches popularity grew up the Florida coast to Tampa. The high population of Italian immigrants started substituting salami instead of ham. I will definitely have to give that a try next time.

Cast Iron Recipes are great for Leftovers

I’m always a fan of cast iron cooking because of how well it conducts heat. You can use a Classic cast iron skillet or an enameled pan. Either one will work fine and if you’re in a pinch you can even put this together in a rectangular casserole dish. As long as you can get the ingredients in the oven or set on your pit you’ll have a tasty meal in no time.

Cast Iron Cuban Casserole
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5 from 1 vote

Cast Iron Cuban Casserole

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cuban
Keyword: Cast Iron, Cuban, Cuban Casserole, Pulled Pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 430kcal


  • 12" Cast Iron Skillet


  • 3 lbs Cooked Pulled Pork
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Shredded Swiss
  • 5 oz Sliced Dill Pickles
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 3 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 oz Black forest Ham About 8 Slices


  • Shred pork into bite size pieces and simmer in a cast iron skillet with cream cheese, Dijon and heavy cream

  • Once the cream cheese has melted and mixed in with the pork add half of the sliced pickles. Continue to simmer until sauce has thickened.

  • Top the pork mixture with sliced ham, Swiss cheese and remaining sliced pickles

  • Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Nutrition Facts
Cast Iron Cuban Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 630mg27%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. You don’t say how much sliced ham to include – it is missing from the ingredients list!

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Don’t Know how i missed that ingredient from my list. Its updated Now. Thanks for checking out the recipe!!!

  2. I dont care for pickles..any thoughts on a substitute?

    1. You could alway just leave them out or maybe substitute some of those crispy onions or sautéed mushrooms. those both sound good to me!! thanks for checking out the recipe. leave a rating at the bottom if you like the recipe. have a great day!!

  3. 5 stars
    Tastes like a Cuban! Really enjoyed the creaminess of the Dijon sauce and the pickles are what gave it ‘authenticity’ , lol. Was easy to put together, and my leftover, killer roast pork was not wasted. Very nice comfort food, middle of the week dinner, thanks.

    1. That’s fantastic!! I never want to waste a drop of pork!! Cuban gives it new life. So glad you enjoyed the recipe and I appreciate the support!!

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