Elena Ruz Turkey Tea Sandwiches

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"Elena Ruz is one of the most curious Cuban sandwiches, made with sliced turkey, strawberry jam, and cream cheese on a sweet roll. The combination may seem odd, but remember, North Americans enjoy accompanying roast turkey with sweet cranberry sauce. It's not really so very different. Named for a Havana debutante of the 1920s, the Elena Ruiz is popular at "merienda" (afternoon tea). It reflects the Cuban fondness for dishes that are both salty and sweet."

Original recipe yields 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (305.7 g)
  • Calories 772.4
  • Total Fat - 35.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 19.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 132 mg
  • Sodium - 1476.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.6 g
  • Sugars - 21.7 g
  • Protein - 32.8 g
  • Calcium - 345.2 mg
  • Iron - 4.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step 1

Slice open the roll lengthwise. Spread the bottom with the cream cheese and the top with the strawberry jam. Place the turkey in the center. Cover with the top of the roll.

Step 2

Lightly butter the entire outside of the sandwich. Place it in a skillet over medium heat. Place a weight, like a bacon press, on top, or flatten the sandwich with a long spatula.

Step 3

Cook the sandwich until crusty and golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side, adding butter as necessary.

Step 4

Slice the sandwich in half on the diagonal and serve at once.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


dienia b

I made this for cuban world tour same recipe love the heck out of it

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(18 Aug 2019)