A special sandwich press is needed to make this grilled sandwich. The press is made up of two round saucers that close over the bread and it has long handles. You can find one at most Cuban markets or on line. Click here to see one on Amazon.
A regular sandwich press would not shape it into a flying saucer, or toast the sides shut. My children loved to make these fun grilled sandwiches. Now I make them with my grandchildren. Be careful not to touch the hot metal parts of the press.
Butter (or non stick spray)
Hamburger buns or 2 pieces of bread (the press will cut these into the right shape)
Spread butter on the outside of the bread pieces, or grease the round flying saucer part of the “contraption” with non stick spray or butter. Put ham and cheese slices between the two pieces of bread, a little or a lot, to taste. Put the sandwich in the press and cook over a hot burner or gas grill, one side then the other. The sandwich is done when the cheese is melted. This takes 3-5 minutes per side.
SWEET DISCO VOLADOR
For a sweet and very Cuban version of this sandwich, use a couple of slices of guava paste and about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese as the filling. If you don’t have guava paste, you could use a tablespoon or two of jam.
Here is a video clip, if you'd like to see how to make these fun sandwiches!