Growing up, I must’ve had this sandwich more times than I can remember.
I’ve made it for my kids countless times, and it’s one of their favorite meal choices whenever they come home to visit, or when I am visiting them.
It’s easy, quick, and very delicious!
It feels more like a comforting meal than
just a “sandwich”.
I also add 2 bay leaves.
Once the ground beef begins to brown,
I add a small can of tomato sauce or tomato paste.
Once it’s cooked, I add a small jar of stuffed green olives.
This is my kids’ favorite part, I think.
While the beef is cooking, I prepare the sandwiches.
It’s almost impossible to find cuban bread where I live.
But if you can find it… Wow. It’ll make this so much better.
I use the softest french bread I can find.
Stay away from anything too dense.
First I spread mayo on one side, and put some
sliced roma tomatoes sprinkled with salt
on the other side.
After the meat is cooked, I cover it
and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Then I load up the bread with a mound of picadillo.
Oh yes, this would definitely be on my list
of “Comfort Food”.
It’s so delicious.
If you try it,
you won’t be disappointed.
Pan Con Picadillo
1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/4 c sofrito
Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
2 bay leaves
1 small can of tomato sauce OR tomato paste
(I use the roasted garlic flavored)
1 tsp sugar
1 small jar of red pepper-stuffed green olives, DRAINED
For the sandwich: mayo, tomatoes, cuban bread or the closest thing to it
In a large skillet, brown ground beef with sofrito, salt, and bay leaves.
Add tomato sauce/paste when beef is halfway done. Cover and simmer
for about 5-7 mins on medium. Add sugar, olives, and stir to make sure
everything is combined. Cover and cook for 2-3 mins.
Enjoy on a sandwich, or…
it’s also delicious with white rice and black beans!