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Mojo Artichoke "Pulled Pork" Vegan Cuban Sandwich

Author Chef Summer Storm - garden grub
This vegan Cuban sandwich is filled with all of the traditional ingredients, with the star of the show being mojo artichoke "pulled pork!"
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Rest Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Cuban
Servings 4 sandwiches

Ingredients
 

Mojo Artichoke Pulled Pork

  • Two 14 ounce cans quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp maple syrup, 100% pure
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, small chopped

Garlic Aioli

Ingredients You Need For 1 Cuban Sandwich

  • 1 Cuban roll or hoagie roll, cut in half length wise
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 slices vegan provolone cheese, cut in half (I used Follow Your Heart's)
  • 3 sandwich style slices dill pickles
  • 4 slices vegan ham (I used Tofurky's)
  • Heavy 1/4 cup mojo artichoke pulled pork
  • 2 tbsp garlic aioli

Instructions
 

Mojo Artichoke Pulled Pork

  • Drain the cans of artichokes. Rinse them very well. Squeeze the artichokes to get rid of any excess water.
  • Chop them (or blend in a food processor), so there are no huge chunks. Finely chop any outer peels that are super fibrous. Toss any little bits out that won't break down with the knife.
  • Stir all of the rest of the ingredients in a bowl to create the marinade.
  • Pour the marinade into the chopped artichokes and mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour, but overnight is even better!
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Set a piece of parchment paper onto a large baking sheet, dump the artichoke pork on top, and spread it around evenly to prevent overcrowding.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, stir and then bake for 20 more minutes.

Garlic Aioli

  • Melt the vegan butter in a small saute pan over medium, medium-low heat. Once hot, add in the minced garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes or until soft and lightly golden brown.
  • Allow the garlic to cool down completely, and then put it into a small bowl along with the mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Stir well.

How to Build and Cook 1 Cuban Sandwich

  • Melt 1 tablespoon vegan butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Toast the insides of the bread roll until golden brown.
  • First, spread the yellow mustard onto the bottom half of the bread. Lay down 2 halves of cheese, then the pickle slices, slices of ham, artichoke pulled pork, and then the other 2 halves of cheese. Spread across the garlic aioli onto the inside of the top piece of bread. Then, press the bread on top of the rest of the sandwich. Press down firmly, but gently.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  • Once hot cook, place the sandwich into the pan and cook until deep golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. While cooking, press down on the sandwich reasonably hard, but gently, to ensure the fillings do not squeeze out.
  • Flip over, turn the heat down to medium-low, and cook until the second side is deep golden brown and crispy and all of the cheese has melted. Continue pressing down on the sandwich. *Cover the sandwich with a lid if the cheese won't melt.
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