Elena Ruz is a popular Cuban sandwich made turkey, cream cheese and strawberry preserves. This sandwich has the perfect combination of salty and sweetness. Elena Ruz was a Cuban socialite and this turkey sandwich was named after her.
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.
Sandwich Elena Ruz ( Cuban Turkey Sandwich)
- 4 Cuban sweet sandwich rolls or any other sweet rolls
- 8 turkey breast slices
- 4 tablespoons cream cheese softened
- 4 tablespoons 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.
this is new to me..looks simply superb!!!
This is a great sandwich!!! Love turkey as filling, healthy and filling!
Oh yea!!! Sweet and savoury together!! just my kind of thing!!
This sounds like a wonderful combination Erica. Your bread looks perfectly toasted and golden.
5 Star Foodie
This cuban sandwich sounds terrific with the addition of strawberry preserves and cream cheese, will have to try very soon!
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.
This sounds wonderful. I love sweet and savory together.
Thank you guys!
Baking is my Zen
Very creative. I like it!
MMMMMMMMM,...very inspiring & tasty!
Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes
I love adding cream cheese to sandwiches! and avocado. Mmmm
Love sandwiches, this is a new one to try, thanks! looks delicious.
the golden bread is making me go...mmmmmm
perfect combination..you always have them 🙂
Miss Meat and Potatoes
Completely up my alley. Looks so tasty!
oooh what a mouth-watering sandwich! I love cuban flavors!
oh wow...turkey and strawberries? who woulda thought! but you know what? it looks and sounds wonderful
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.
trhat's an interesting recipe ( combination of cheese/ strawberries & turkey ), something I should try!!! looks delightful!!
this actually sounds really delicious to me--i love salty-sweet combinations. frankly, it's almost like dessert...a protein-rich dessert. 🙂
Thank you everyone 🙂
Hmmm Cuban sandwiches! I like to make them every now and then but I have never tried them with turkey. Delicious!
Oh! It sounds delicious this combination and the bread looks so crunchy. Yum!
I enjoy eating a good sandwich and yours are a must to try
Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
Yum! This sandwich looks wonderful... and I'm not much of a sandwich eater.
PERFECT sandwich filling... I love this combo. Now I have to go get me some turkey!
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!
Oh I would LOVE this sandwich. Strawberry jam!? How amazing is that?!
What an intriguing combination of flavors!
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.
I love cuban sandwiches and this one looks absolutely divine. What a treat!
Thank you all 😉
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.