1. Spread butter on the outside of the bread pieces, or grease the round flying saucer part of the “contraption” with non stick spray or butter.
2. Put ham and cheese slices between the two pieces of bread, a little or a lot, to taste.
3. Put the sandwich in the press and cook over a hot burner or gas grill, one side then the other.
4. The sandwich is done when the cheese is melted. This takes 3-5 minutes per side.
5. Serve warm, crispy and cheesy.
For a sweet and very Cuban version of this sandwich, use a couple of slices of guava paste and about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese as the filling. If you don’t have guava paste, you could use a tablespoon or two of jam.
These Cuban style sandwiches are a hit with the kids. A special sandwich press is needed to make this grilled sandwich look like a flying saucer but you can find one at most Cuban markets or on line. These make a fantastic afterschool snack or meal and kids love to help make these fun grilled sandwiches.