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cuban burger

I am a recent culinary school graduate and the biggest foodie out there. I love everything that deals with food. I thought it would be a great idea to enter this contest; espeically after seeing it on the Food Network. Secondly, it would be great way to break into the industry. I developed this recipe because it's one of the first sandwiches I learned in culinary school and found it to be a great tasting.


1 lb ground pork
2 tablespoon annato seed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of gralic
1/3cup of onion salt 
pepper to taste
8 slices of pickles
8 slices of boiled ham
8 slices of swiss chesse
4 cuban bread
mayo and mustard to taste


NOTE:WHEN SETTING UP GRILL ON ONE SIDE COVER WITH FOIL TO USE AT THE END WHEN PRESSING SANDWICH SO BREAD DOES NOT BURN!! In small suacepan heat olive oil over medium high heat, once hot, add annato seed. Let stand for about one minute so the annato seed can release it color. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes and then strain. Place finished product into blender and add garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Pulse two to three times. In large bowl add ground pork and above mixture until combined, but DO NOT OVER MIX. Form patties should get four nice sized patties. Grill patties until juices run clear about five to six minutes a side. Once done remove from grill. Take bread and slice it open spread mayo on one side and mustard on the other then place chesse, then pickles, silced boiled ham ,then patty, put other piece of bread and place back on grill with a brick or something heavy to help form a crust on bread one to two minutes a side and serve. Enjoy!


I enjoy cooking and satifaction of people enjoying my food. Hope, that you find my recipe worthy of participating in this contest. Look forward to hearing from you.