I love thinking out of the box when it comes to cooking and trying new ways to combine flavors. Some turn out pretty weird, but others turn out surprisingly delicious! One winner was a Publix Aprons Recipe with a spin on a Cuban sandwich, in casserole form.
Cuban Sandwich Casserole
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 2 links pre-cooked apple chicken sausage, sliced (I used Publix brand Apple Gouda – my new favorite!)
- 4 oz cooked ham, cubed
- 1 box chicken-flavor rice mix
- 2 1/2 cups water, divided ( 1/2 cup + 2 cups)
- 1/4 cup dill relish
- 1 tsp mustard
- 4 oz Swiss cheese, cubed
- 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Slice and cube your meat and cheese. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high. Pour oil into the pan, then add the sausage and ham. Cook for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Stir in the seasoning packet from the rice box. Add in 1/2 cup water, stir, and cook for a few minutes until the seasoning has begun to dissolve.
Stir in rice, relish, mustard, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and remaining 2 cups water. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low and simmer 20-22 minutes (or until rice is tender and water is absorbed). Stir in cheese, then sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro.
This dish is easy, delicious and truly does pull in all of the flavors of a Cuban sandwich. The rice takes the place of the bread and the hints of relish and mustard help add that acid finish in the flavor profile. If you’re a fan of Cubans, this is certainly worth trying!