Sandwich Elena Ruz ( Cuban Turkey Sandwich)

by Erica Dinho on March 8, 2010

I love Cuban food and sandwiches are an important part of Cuban cuisine. I have family in Florida who I would visit before I came to live in the United States and that is where I learned a little about Cuban food.

My uncle was married with a Cuban women and she cooked delicious and authentic Cuban food. On one of my visits, she introduced me to this delicious turkey sandwich. When I first heard of the ingredients, I was a little scared about those flavors together, but after my first bite I could not stop eating it. It is delicious and the flavors actually work fantastic together. I love the combo of salty and sweet foods, so to me this is a wonderful combination.

My friend Joan from Foodalogue is going to Cuba this week on her virtual culinary tour and I am joining her with the Elena Ruz Cuban sandwich.

Buen Provecho!


Cuban sweet sandwich rolls or any other sweet rolls
Turkey breast
Cream cheese, softened
Strawberry preserves


Slice each roll in half. Spread one slice of bread with cream cheese and spread the other slice with strawberries preserve. Top one of the slices with the turkey breast.

Close the sandwich and place on hot large skillet. Press down with a heavy pot to flatten the sandwich. Heat it for about 2 minutes on each side.

Slice the sandwich and serve.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah Naveen March 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM

this is new to me..looks simply superb!!!


2 KennyT March 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM

This is a great sandwich!!! Love turkey as filling, healthy and filling!


3 ruth March 8, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Oh yea!!! Sweet and savoury together!! just my kind of thing!!


4 Kim March 8, 2010 at 9:51 AM

This sounds like a wonderful combination Erica. Your bread looks perfectly toasted and golden.


5 5 Star Foodie March 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM

This cuban sandwich sounds terrific with the addition of strawberry preserves and cream cheese, will have to try very soon!


6 Joan Nova March 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Funny, I’ve always been a little leery about the sandwich because of the strange (to me) combination of ingredients and generally opt for the more traditional Sandwich Cubano. But you make it look very enticing. Thanks for bringing it on the tour.


7 Ivy March 8, 2010 at 11:18 AM

This sounds wonderful. I love sweet and savory together.


8 Erica March 8, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Thank you guys!


9 Baking is my Zen March 8, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Very creative. I like it!


10 Sophie March 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

MMMMMMMMM,…very inspiring & tasty!


11 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes March 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I love adding cream cheese to sandwiches! and avocado. Mmmm


12 Sandra g March 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Love sandwiches, this is a new one to try, thanks! looks delicious.


13 Jhonny Walker March 8, 2010 at 4:36 PM

the golden bread is making me go…mmmmmm

perfect always have them :)


14 Miss Meat and Potatoes March 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Completely up my alley. Looks so tasty!


15 Simply Life March 8, 2010 at 6:13 PM

oooh what a mouth-watering sandwich! I love cuban flavors!


16 danielle March 8, 2010 at 8:22 PM

oh wow…turkey and strawberries? who woulda thought! but you know what? it looks and sounds wonderful


17 Chris March 8, 2010 at 9:21 PM

You have just presented me with the PERFECT sandwich for our panini press. Turkey, cream cheese and strawberry preserves? Oh, Alexis is going to love me for this one when I make it for her.


18 vinolia March 9, 2010 at 3:20 AM

trhat’s an interesting recipe ( combination of cheese/ strawberries & turkey ), something I should try!!! looks delightful!!


19 grace March 9, 2010 at 6:31 AM

this actually sounds really delicious to me–i love salty-sweet combinations. frankly, it’s almost like dessert…a protein-rich dessert. :)


20 Erica March 9, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Thank you everyone :)


21 Ben March 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Hmmm Cuban sandwiches! I like to make them every now and then but I have never tried them with turkey. Delicious!


22 Anna March 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Oh! It sounds delicious this combination and the bread looks so crunchy. Yum!


23 norma March 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM


I enjoy eating a good sandwich and yours are a must to try


24 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 9, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Yum! This sandwich looks wonderful… and I’m not much of a sandwich eater.


25 Karen March 9, 2010 at 7:28 PM

PERFECT sandwich filling… I love this combo. Now I have to go get me some turkey!


26 Lele March 9, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Wow! I am used to eating cubanos with pickles (which I lovvve and actually are the reason I gave pickles another chance after hating them for years) but I totally love the idea of putting on something sweet like strawberry jam! Definitely going on my list of things to try!


27 Teanna March 10, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Oh I would LOVE this sandwich. Strawberry jam!? How amazing is that?!


28 Katie March 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

What an intriguing combination of flavors!


29 ap269 March 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

This looks really good! I also had this combination of sweet (bread) and savoury things to go with the bread. I thought it was really good.


30 Oysterculture March 10, 2010 at 10:39 PM

I love cuban sandwiches and this one looks absolutely divine. What a treat!


31 Erica March 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Thank you all ;-)


32 Cecelia November 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

My Cuban grandma made a variant of these for me every day in preschool. I was so confused because she just used cream cheese and strawberry jam on white bread, now I see where she got it from! It tastes very good with the turkey.


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