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Sandwich de Medianoche.jpg
A sliced medianoche with lettuce
Alternative names Cuban Sandwich
Type Sandwich
Place of origin Cuba
Main ingredients Egg bread, roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles
Cookbook: Medianoche  Media: Medianoche

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.[1]

Literary references[edit]

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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