The first of these that we did was the Jibaro, which was tasty and amazing. So I set about trying to duplicate/expand on the ideas found at Sol Food. While I could just list each sandwich separately, it’s far easier to just make one post with some of the various combinations.
Grilled lime juice and olive-oil marinated beef strips
Bread (rolls or loaf as opposed to slices)
Obviously, how you make your sandwich will depend on your chosen ingredients. But the basic methods remain the same. Spread your chosen mayo (or both!) on both tostones, or both sides of bread if you’re being boring.
You can’t really get away without Mayo, it’s a very essential ingredient in these. Mayonnaise is an emulsified fat, which means it has hydrophilic (water-based) and hydrophobic (oil-based) ingredients in solution together (held together by the egg, the yolk is hydrophilic and the white hydrophobic, yet they mix well!). This means that flavors that normally don’t blend well (such as a fat-heavy meat with a water-heavy vegetable in a sandwich), will marinate together in the mayo, and create an amazing flavor. When you add in the heavy garlic and lime flavors in the flavored mayonnaises in this, it really does make the dish.
On top of the bottom bread piece or tostone, place whatever meat you’re using, caramelized onions if using, and cheese if using. Throw under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese if you’re using it. Then put the veggies, and the other mayo-coated bread/tostone.
Now here comes the important part: SMASH it. Slowly but firmly, press the bread together. This is a very piece-ey sandwich, the parts will fall out easily if you don’t compress them together. Not to mention, you want the mayo to be able to do its aforementioned job on all the parts, and for that it has to touch them all. Cut in half, and eat. It WILL get ridiculously messy, especially if using tostones, and especially until you learn how to make them not fall apart completely easily. You can see from one of my sandwiches in the picture above that even before attempting to eat the thing, it had already started to collapse. But it’s an oh-so-satisfying meal…