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Cuban sliders are a fun, finger-food spin on a classic hot sandwich. Perfect as a shareable appetizer or easily made into a filling lunch or dinner, these Cuban pork sliders are versatile, tangy, hearty, and super tasty!
Also made on a sheet of sweet Hawaiian sandwich rolls, these cuban sandwich sliders are stuffed with sweet and savory pork, melty swiss cheese, sliced pickles, and are topped with an easy but delicious mustard sauce.
The combination of sweet, salty, tangy, and meaty flavors is simply to-die-for!
These handheld sliders are the mini version of the ever-popular Cubano sandwich.
Their shareable size makes them the perfect appetizer, game day recipe, or grab-and-go snack. Heck, you could even use these little sandwiches as meal prep or add your favorite sides and call it a meal!
You might as well start off by making a double batch of these Cuban sliders because I guarantee they’ll be devoured before you can ask if anyone wants seconds.
Cuban Sliders Ingredients
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls—These sweet dinner rolls come in sheet form, making it easy to quickly assemble a big batch of these sliders.
- Shredded Roast Pork—Freshly made, store-bought, or leftovers will all work equally well!
- Sliced Ham—Because the only thing better than one kind of pork is two!
- Swiss Cheese—This mild, slightly bitter cheese brings a nice balance to the sweetness of the ham and Hawaiian sandwich rolls.
- Sliced Pickles—Add tang and a pleasant crunch.
- Mustard Sauce—A simple combination of melted butter and yellow mustard is used to glaze these baked sliders.
Equipment You’ll Need
You can make this easy cuban sliders recipe with just a few pieces of common kitchen equipment! You’ll need a 9”x13” casserole dish, a bread knife, a small saucepan, a whisk, a pastry brush, and some tin foil.
How to Make Cuban Sliders
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the sheet of Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls into a greased casserole dish.
Step 2. Layer the shredded pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles onto the roll bottoms. Use the top half of the rolls to cover the sandwich fillings. Set aside.
Step 3: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt together the butter and yellow mustard. Mix until smooth.
Step 4: Use a pastry brush to gently brush the assembled sliders with the mustard sauce.
Step 5: Cover the casserole dish with tinfoil and bake the Cuban sliders until the sauce has fully absorbed and the top of each roll is slightly brown.
Step 6: Allow your cuban pork sliders to cool slightly before slicing, serving, and enjoying!
Refrigerator: Leftovers can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Freezer: Wrap any leftover Cuban sliders in tin foil and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat: I recommend using the microwave or an air fryer to reheat these sliders.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- For extra cheesy Cuban sliders, try adding an additional ½ cup of shredded cheese. Additional swiss, mozzarella or a mild cheddar would all be delicious.
- Not a fan of mustard? No worries! You can skip the mustard sauce and glaze your sliders with melted butter or mayo instead.
- If you’re having a hard time finding Hawaiian sandwich rolls, you can use your favorite homemade roll recipe instead. Just be sure to bake the rolls into a sheet!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to how you can customize these Cuban sliders! Feel free to switch up the type of meat, cheese, toppings, and sauce you use. Below are a few ideas to get those creative culinary juices flowing!
- Save a little time and swap out the pork for all sliced ham. The resulting sliders will be a bit sweeter, but still super yummy!
- Not a fan of swiss cheese? Mozzarella, Monterey jack, cheddar, or provolone would all be good substitutions.
- If you love a good loaded sandwich, you could easily add lettuce, tomatoes, and onion to the top of these sliders.
- Try adding some fun spices to your mustard sauce! Garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red chilis, and poppy seeds are all popular additions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Basically, yes! Cubanos are made by layering roast pork, ham, and swiss cheese between two slices of Cuban bread. These Hawaiianm roll Cuban sliders are essentially a slice and share version of this popular sandwich.
I’ve personally never had an issue with this; if you find that your hawaiian roll cuban sliders are a bit soggy, it’s probably because they didn’t bake for long enough. Simply try popping them back in the oven for a few minutes! Additionally, you can try toasting the Hawaiian rolls first or halve the amount of mustard sauce you use.
These Cuban pork sliders are a fun finger food and make the perfect addition to any appetizer spread. If you’re wanting to turn these sliders into a full-blown meal, I recommend serving them with fresh fruits or veggies, potato chips, extra pickles, fries, or a side salad.
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- 1 12 pack Hawaiian rolls
- 2-3 cups shredded roast pork
- ½ pound sliced ham
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- ⅓ cup sliced pickles
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- ⅓ cup butter or more as desired
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9 x 13" baking dish with cooking spray.
- Using a large serrated knife, slice slider buns in half through the middle to separate the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom halves in the casserole dish.
- Layer on the shredded pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles.
- Cover the sandwich fillings with the top of the sandwich sheet.
- In a small saucepan, melt together the butter and yellow mustard, stirring until completely smooth.
- Pour butter sauce over the sandwiches, using a pastry brush to ensure an even coating.
- Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes, until sandwich tops are lightly browned and butter sauce is absorbed into the rolls.
- Slice into individual sandwiches and serve.