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Cuban Pork Sliders

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The meat in these Cuban Pork Sliders is so flavorful and delicious. These are a perfect size to serve at a baby shower or bridal shower.

Cuban Pork Sliders

First item of business: Happy Monday! Second: daylight savings killing me!!! UGH! –> that’s exactly how I feel about it. Who’s idea was it to skip an hour in the middle of the night? I would like to strangle them.  Losing sleep is never a good idea, ok. NEVER. Lucky for me….and you I’ve got something to turn your frowns upside down!

Surprise to Brooke from Baking with Basil on your virtual baby shower! Brooke was pregnant with twins, but just recently had her beautiful baby boys! {Congratulations!} Brooke and I met in Nashville when she was barely showing her little bump off. I didn’t know she was having twins ’til a while later and that’s when I started to blog stalk her. One day on Twitter we were talking about babies and weight when she told me that she had gained 30 pounds while being pregnant with 2. Ummm….

Can you guess how much I gained after growing just 1 baby? Actually, never mind. That’s not important.

What IS important is baby shower food! 🙂 And since I’m a part of this virtual part-ay, I couldn’t come to the table empty handed. So, I made some darling little baby Cuban Pork Sliders. The key to baby shower food is making delicious food in miniature form. Do that, and you’re golden.

Since I got this gorgeous pot from my friends at Le Creuset {hint hint} I thought I’d make some pork for these mini sandwiches. Super easy and super delicious! Here’s the step-by-step:

Seasonings

The first thing to do is get some spices and seasonings together in a bowl. I have all of these on hand all the time. Cumin goes into anything Mexican and oregano is very Italian.

Raw Pork

So once all of that is measured, grab a pork roast {technically a pork loin} and get sprinkling.

Rubbing raw pork with spice mixture

Pour the seasoning overtop and rub it all in.

Pouring olive oil

Now we’re going to sear the meat in a little olive oil.

Pork cooking in a pan with other ingredients

I didn’t quite take photos of this process, but you’ll get the idea. See the brown meat? That’s from the searing. Once you get the sides all brown and tasty, toss in some chunky onion pieces, some smashed garlic cloves, slices of lemon, bay leaves and chicken broth. Cover this and simmer or 250 degree oven for 1-2 hours, depending on how large your roast is. Let me take the time to warn you that this stuff is going to smell AMAZING.

Pork cooking in a pan with other ingredients

Once it’s thoroughly cooked, we’re going to Remove the roast to a plate and cover with foil to rest.

Cooked pork

After a few minutes, slice the meat up pretty thin and build your sliders.

Slider buns

Make sure you buy some or make some of these cuties!! My recipe is here.

Cuban Pork Sliders

Into my slider, I put lettuce, pork, provolone cheese, pickles, hot pepper rings and mustard. OMG….life changing!! A tangy, salty and cold bite! Mmmm…..

Feel free to make these into regular sized burgers or sandwiches. And, traditionally there is deli ham on there as well but I didn’t have any on hand. Switch it up however you like! 🙂

If you’re interested, here are the other recipes from the bloggers participating in this baby shower: Malted Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from The Fearless Homemaker, Baby Spinach Bassinets from Bake Your Day, Two Peas in a Pod Sugar Cookies from Chocolate and Carrots, Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting from Table for Two, and Tomato Basil Bruschetta from Fervent Foodie.

Here’s the recipe:

Cuban Pork Sliders

The meat in these Cuban Pork Sliders is so flavorful and delicious. These are a perfect size to serve at a baby shower or bridal shower.
servings 18 sliders
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 18 slider rolls use this recipe if you can't find them at the store
  • 1.5 lb boneless pork loin roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 large onion diced into large pieces
  • 5 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon sliced

toppings for your sliders:

  • lettuce
  • provolone cheese
  • deli ham
  • pickles
  • yellow pepper rings
  • mustard

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir salt, pepper, cumin and oregano together. Rub onto entire roast and set aside.
  • Heat oil in large heavy bottomed braiser. Sear meat on all sides until brown. Toss in onions, garlic, bay leaves, lemon slices and chicken stock. Stir and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1-2 hours or until meat is thoroughly cooked. OR place into a 250 degree oven for 2 hours or until meat it thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove roast from pan and cover to rest. After 10 minutes, slice meat into thin pieces and build sliders with desired ingredients. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: pork sliders

Le Creuset supplied me with their products to review. I was not compensated for my review and the opinions expressed here are as always my own!

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  1. Heather Carnell

    I subscribed to Lauren’s latest emails. I would love the yellow one! It’s so summery and my kitchen is yellow!

  2. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Oh I love cubans and these look delicious!

    I would choose the fennel, or I am really loving this yellow color too!

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