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|Alternative names||Cuban Sandwhich|
|Place of origin||Cuba|
|Main ingredients||Egg bread, roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles|
Medianoche (Midnight in Spanish) is a type of sandwich which originated in Cuba. It is served in many Cuban communities in the United States. It is so named because of the sandwich's popularity as a staple served in Havana's night clubs right around or after midnight.
A medianoche consists of roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles. It is a close cousin to the Cuban sandwich, the chief difference being that a medianoche is made on soft, sweet egg dough bread similar to Challah rather than on crustier Cuban bread. Like the Cuban sandwich, the medianoche is typically warmed in a press before eating.
Alexandre Dumas refers to medianoche served on a wedding night in the southwest of France near Spain. The reference occurs in the chapter on Martin Guerre in volume 6 of his Crimes célèbres, published in 1840, but describing events which took place in 1556.
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