A Legend in My Own Mind from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our family certainly did. And boy did we have leftover turkey!
The re-heated turkey meal started to get old really fast. So I suggested sandwiches.
Me: “Hey let’s make Elena Ruz’s.”
My kids: “Mom, use your words.” (smart alecks!) “What are EL-EY-NA ROO-ZES?”
I very patiently explain that apparently (as far as I know) Elena Ruz was a Cuban socialite who frequented El Carmelo, a restaurant in Havana, and always requested a turkey sandwich with cream cheese and strawberry preserves. They eventually put the sandwich on the menu and named it after her.
I look in my refrigerator and find that I have not only leftover turkey, but lots of cream cheese and also white bread. But alas, no strawberry preserves.
And then I think that if I were making this sandwich, I’d toast the bread, skip the strawberry preserves altogether and make it with some kind of guava instead.
Wait! What am I saying? I am making this sandwich and I always have guava!
And that, my friends, is how a legendary Cuban sandwich is born. ????
The Marta Darby Sandwich
2 slices lightly toasted white bread
3 oz. fresh cooked turkey
2 Tbsp. Cream cheese
2 Tbsp. Guava jelly or guava spread
1) Spread each slice of toasted bread with cream cheese.
2) Spread the guava jelly or spread over the cream cheese.
3) Add the turkey.