Working kind of sucks. Big time. It’s been all of one month at my new job and I already want to quit!
My hours are all over the map which makes cooking on a regular basis a total pain in the pooper.
Whenever time is in short supply I start looking for short cuts in the kitchen. Rinse and Repeat is the idea where you take one recipe and you make it work for you twice with little or no extra work.
In this case, I started with a simple Smoky Dry Rub.
I used the rub to make some quick barbecue chicken and some Spicy Pulled Pork (which takes all of five minutes to coat with the dry rub and throw in the crock pot).
While the Spicy Pulled Pork was delicious on its own as a traditional southern style dinner, leftovers bore me, so I put them to good use to make quick and easy Cuban Paninis for dinner the next night.
Start with some Cuban bread (or swap it out for ciabatta or hoagie rolls if you live in a small town), add a little mustard, turkey, leftover pork, Swiss cheese and a pickle or two for good measure, and you can sit back and relax with dinner on the table in 15 minutes and very little to clean up!
Yes I know that Cubans aren’t usually made with turkey. I’m obviously not Cuban, so deal with it. This is better anyway. Trust me!
4 large pieces of Cuban bread or Hoagie rolls
2-3 tbs. butter
4 - 6 tsp. stone ground mustard (I prefer Inglehoffer’s Original Stone Ground)
8 slices of Turkey Breast
1 – 1 ½ c. leftover Spicy Pulled Pork
8 thinly sliced pickles, like Vlasic Sandwich slices
8 large slices Baby Swiss Cheese
Preheat a Panini press or a large skillet over medium.
Butter the outsides of two slices of bread or one of the hoagie rolls like you would for a grilled cheese sandwich. Slather the insides with mustard, using as much or as little as you like.
Layer with two slices of turkey breast, ¼ - ? c. Pulled Pork, 2 pickles, and two slices of cheese. Place the top on the sandwich, butter side facing outwards.
Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
Place in a Panini press until the outside is lightly golden brown and the cheese is melted on the outside.
To cook in a skillet, place in the preheated skillet and place something heavy on top – I use a cast iron skillet to weight it down. Cook 4-5 until lightly golden brown. Remove the weight, turn the sandwich over, and cook 4-5 minutes more until the bottom is crispy and the cheese is all melted inside.
If you don't have leftover Spicy Pulled Pork, feel free to substitute leftover ham or sliced deli ham.
What about you? Do you love or loathe your job?