Toasted Ham, Cream Cheese And Strawberry Preserve

AKA Elena Ruz Sandwich, this is the lesser known version of the classic Cuban sandwich. The true version is made with sliced turkey, but using ham gives the sandwich a bit more salt, which is a welcome contrast to the sweet strawberry preserve.

AKA Elena Ruz Sandwich
Yield: 1

Toasted Ham, Cream Cheese And Strawberry Preserve


  • 1 Kaiser or brioche roll, halved
  • 150g sliced ham (or turkey)
  • 1 slab cream cheese (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry preserve


  1. Split the roll and build the sandwich, with cream cheese on one side and ham (or turkey) on the other, and strawberry preserve in the middle.
  2. Close the sandwich and toast on either side until the bread is crisp but the cream cheese is still cold. Slice in half and serve.

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