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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 h 15 mins
Servings: 4

Smoked Turkey Cubano Panini

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Smoked Turkey Cubano Paninis put a gourmet twist on a lunchtime classic. Fresh dill flavour and tasty turkey on Dempster’s® 100% Whole Grains 12 Grain Bread creates a simple and satisfying grilled sandwich you'll want to enjoy again and again. 

Worldly Eats
Whole Grain


  • 8 slices Dempster’s® 100% Whole Grains 12 Grain Bread
  • 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 baby cucumbers, thinly sliced into 1/4-inch (5 mm) rounds
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) roughly chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 12 slices smoked turkey
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese


  1. In a small saucepan, stir together vinegar, sugar, salt and garlic; cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until simmering and sugar is dissolved.
  2. Toss cucumbers with dill; transfer to a 4-cup (1 L) canning jar.
  3. Pour simmering mixture over cucumbers; let cool for 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 weeks.
  4. Preheat the panini press to medium heat.
  5. Stir mayonnaise with mustard; spread over one side of 4 slices of bread. Top with pickles, turkey and cheese; cap with remaining bread.
  6. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted and the filling is warm.
  7. Serve with additional pickles on the side.

Tip: Toss a pinch of hot pepper flakes with the cucumbers for a touch of heat.