Cuban Sliders are quickly becoming one of my favorite party appetizers. Once you make them, you’ll understand!
These Cuban Sliders are a twist on traditional Cuban sandwiches, layered with ham, cheese, pickles and lots of flavor. Mini Cuban sandwiches make a great appetizer or finger food for any occasion!
These mini Cuban sandwiches are SO good and tasty. They’ve quickly become one of my favorite Hawaiian roll sliders to make for any gathering.
So, what is a Cuban sandwich?
Cuban sandwiches can have many variations but traditionally included ham, cheese, pickles and mustard. Some use boiled ham, other honey ham, some a spicy pulled pork and some even have a combo of all including salami!
Pickles can also vary from traditional dill or bread and butter. For a little extra spice, I like to use my Honey Habanero Pickles.
Cuban sandwiches originally became popular in South Florida, brought there by Cuban immigrants, but have now spread to other parts of the country.
In restaurants, the recipe varies by region and some believe the addition of salami began with the Italian immigrants working alongside the Cubans and combining their culture through food.
While a loaf of Cuban bread is usually pressed panini style, I like using sweet Hawaiian roll sliders for my mini Cuban sandwiches. It allows me to make a large batch in a jiffy.
Instead of slathering with yellow mustard, I add a little tang with mayonnaise and use zesty Dijon with butter to pour over the tops, much like my beloved Ham and Cheese Sliders.
The sweet Hawaiian roll sliders help to mellow out the tang of the Dijon, for a delicious flavor that’s not overpowering at all.
Mini Cuban sandwiches make a great party appetizer – easy to make, delicious, and usually popular with most guests. Hawaiian roll sliders in general always seem to be a hit at parties but Cuban sliders have become a favorite at my house lately.
I love making sliders instead of full-size sandwiches because you can eat one and still have room for all the other delicious party foods. You can even make them as a lunch or light dinner, served with chips or a side salad.
Whether you make them for a party, Super Bowl Sunday or for lunch, these Cuban Sliders are something you’ll want to make over and over again.
You may also like these other easy party appetizers:
- Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
- Italian Sausage Sandwich Sliders
- Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Salmon Croquettes
- Olive Tapenade
- Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
- Hush Puppies
- Cheesy Tater Tots
- Carrabba’s Bread Dip
- Oyster Crackers with Dill
- The BEST Chicken Wing Recipes
Tools for making Cuban Sliders:
9 x 13 Glass Baking Dish– an absolute essential for any kitchen! Use it for baking, marinating or storing. Get one with a lid, you’ll thank me later.
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place all 12 Hawaiian rolls onto a surface suitable for cutting. Using a serrated knife, slice in half while keeping tops and bottoms intact. It should be like one large sandwich.
- Place the bottom layer of rolls in a 9×13 pan.
- Slather mayonnaise on the bottom slab of Hawaiian rolls.
- Evenly layer the cheese, ham and pickles over Hawaiian roll bottoms. Place the tops back on.
- In a small bowl, combine unsalted butter, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and fine sea salt. Place in the microwave until butter has melted, approximately 40 seconds.
- Pour over the tops of the rolls, trying to get as much on top as you can.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove aluminum foil and continue to bake until tops are slightly browned and cheese has melted.
- Remove, cut into 12 individual sliders and serve hot.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how it went!