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Must try: Two Contemporary Regional American Cuisines in Florida


If you are new to the contemporary regional American cuisine in Florida, then this article will give you an information about the two famous contemporary cuisines. Although they are most served in Tampa and Miami, you can also see that these are served in most restaurants in Town Center Jacksonville, Florida.

Cuban Sandwich

It is a pressed sandwich that is made by combining sliced ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and sometimes salami. These ingredients are put together on the Cuban bread. This sandwich bread is a simple white bread which is very similar to French bread or Italian bread. On the other hand, it has a bit different baking method and ingredient list. It includes a small amount of fat called lard or vegetable shortening. It is a staple of Cuban-American cuisine and is traditionally the bread of choice when making a Cuban sandwich in Florida.


This sandwich is being served in most restaurants in Town Center Jacksonville, Florida and a must try for tourist. All of its ingredients’ combination make this classic sandwich unforgettable.


Now if you don’t have much time, it is very easy to make four generous Cuban sandwiches. All you need to do is preheat a pancake griddle to medium hot. Cut the bread about 8 inches long. Cut in half and spread butter on both halves. When putting the ingredients, make sure to follow this order: pickles, roasted pork, ham, and cheese. Spread butter on the griddle and place the sandwich on the pan. Grill them for two to three minutes and flip over to toast the other side. It’s done once it"s cheese is melted and the bread turns to golden brown on both sides.


Key lime pie

It is a pie made with key lime juice, egg yolk, and condensed milk with a meringue topping. Meringue is a type of dessert associated with French, Swiss, or Italian cuisine, that is made from egg whites and sugar with lemon, vinegar or cream of tartar.


Key lime pie is named after the small Key limes (Citrus aurantifolia ‘Swingle") that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys. It is a pale yellow and the filling is also yellow because of the egg yolks. It was made as Florida’s official pie in 2006.


If you want to make it by yourself then it is very easy. First, preheat oven to 375 degrees F then combine the egg yolks, condensed milk, and lime juice. Make sure to mix well then pour into unbaked graham cracker shell then bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool then top with whipped and garnish with lime slices if you like.


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