Elena Ruz (Cuban Turkey Tea Sandwich)

  • Serves

    serves 1


Commonly served during merienda (afternoon tea) in Cuba, this sandwich of turkey, jam, and cream cheese on a roll is sweet and savory all in one.


  • 1 Cuban roll or brioche bun
  • 2 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp. strawberry jam
  • 3 oz. sliced turkey breast
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter


Step 1

Split roll, spread cream cheese on bottom half, and top with turkey. Spread jam on top half of roll and close sandwich. Heat butter in a 10″ skillet over medium heat; cook sandwich, weighing down with a cast-iron skillet and turning once, until golden brown and heated through, 3-4 minutes. Cut in half, and serve hot.

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