Elena Ruz sandwich

The Elena Ruz is a rich and decadent sandwich made from roasted and sliced turkey, whipped cream cheese, and strawberry jam on a butter-toasted roll. It's both a great sandwich legacy and simple to make.
Instructions for 1 sandwich
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  • 1 5-to-6-inch long medianoche sandwich roll (Brioche would be a good substitute)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 3 to 4 ounces sliced roast turkey
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves (alternately guava jam)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons butter


Sandwich assembly: slice the medianoche or brioche roll and spread cream cheese on the bottom of the roll.

Add turkey on top of the cream cheese and then spread strawberry jam on the top roll and place that on top of the turkey to close the sandwich. 

Panini process: spread 1 teaspoon of butter on the outside of both the top and bottom sandwich roll and panini for 4 to 5 minutes until the sandwich is pressed and the bread is a little bit toasted. 

If you do not have a panini press, you can use a hot cast iron skillet with another skillet on top of the sandwich, pressing it down. Just like the panini process, add a little butter to the top of the sandwich and to the bottom pan before cooking. This two-pan method will griddle one side and you will have to flip the sandwich, but it will work. Cook about 2 minutes per side and then flip.

Remove the sandwich from the panini process and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Slice the sandwich diagonally and serve. 

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