Recipe courtesy of Carl Ruiz

Classic Elena Ruz Sandwiches

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 sandwiches
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8 Cuban sweet sandwich rolls or brioche rolls, split

8 ounces cream cheese, softened 

8 ounces strawberry preserves 

2 pounds sliced fresh roast turkey 

8 tablespoons mayonnaise 


  1. Preheat a griddle over medium-high heat.
  2. Spread the bottoms of the rolls with approximately 1 tablespoon cream cheese each and the tops with approximately 1 tablespoon strawberry preserves each. Top the cream cheese side of each sandwich with 4 ounces turkey.
  3. Close the sandwiches. Coat the outsides of the rolls with mayonnaise on both the bottom and the top. Place on the hot griddle and press down with a heavy pot to flatten the sandwiches.
  4. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Slice the sandwiches and serve.