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Bread + Butter's Elena Ruz: Great Inspiration for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Gobble gobble.
Gobble gobble.
Carina Ost

Elvis Presley has his famous peanut butter and banana sandwich, and Elena Ruz has hers.

Here's how the story goes: In the 1930s, Ruz was a young socialite in Cuba. One day, she wandered into Havana's El Carmelo restaurant and requested a very specific sandwich. She wanted turkey, cream cheese, and strawberry jam. Decades later, the sandwich is a staple at many Cuban restaurants.

And you can certainly find it in Miami. During lunch, Bread + Butter in Coral Gables serves a modern version. It's the ultimate turkey sandwich -- one that can easily be re-created at home with Thanksgiving leftovers.

See also: Thanksgiving in Miami: Where to Buy a Humanely Raised Turkey

This Elena Ruz ($12) requires two hands to hold. It's a double-decker packed with thin and thick slices of roast turkey. It's a serious sandwich.

Bread + Butter is known for adding playful, innovative touches to Cuban cuisine. In this case, the restaurant takes the traditional cream cheese up a notch by employing pistachio goat cheese instead. Also, the strawberry jam is replaced with a papaya variety, which provides a tropical kick.

The best part: This sandwich is served with mariquitas -- slivers of deep-fried plantain. If you're a pro, you'll ask for the mariquitas stuffed inside the sandwich.

So if you're craving a turkey sandwich after the big day, use the Elena Ruiz as inspiration for your creation. All you'll need is bread, turkey, jam, and tangy cheese.

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Bread + Butter

2330 Salzedo St.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

305-484-6743

www.breadandbuttercounter.com


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