Party Sandwiches

(Sandwichitos de Mezcla)

No Comments

Sandwichitos de Mezcla (Party Sandwiches) are made from a puréed ham-cheese filling known as (Mezcla) that is spread between two slices of white bread and served as appetizers (entremeses) for special events in our culture.  These sandwiches are traditionally prepared with white bread; however, you can use the bread of your preference.  In addition, the sandwich spread (mezcla) is also used as a dip accompanied with crackers and chips.

Furthermore, these party sandwiches are an essential food item that you will find when attending many celebrations in Puerto Rico – especially birthday parties.  Similarly,  these sandwiches are usually prepared the day before your planned festivities.

Food History!

The pork meat that we use in preparing the sandwich spread (mezcla) is Spam (canned cooked pork).  Furthermore, it is believed that the name Spam is a contraction from the term “spiced ham.”   Spam also became a staple to the US soldier’s diet during WW II and was introduced to Puerto Rico in the 1940’s.

The Three Ingredients for Preparing the Sandwich Spread!

For this recipe, you will need 1 can (12 ounces) of Spam (jamonilla), Cheez Whiz (¾ cup) and roasted red bell peppers (½ cup) with liquid.  The liquid from the roasted red peppers will create a smoother texture to the mixture.

Let’s Prepare the Pork Meat!

Cutting Spam

I prefer to first cut the pork meat (Spam) crosswise and lengthwise into ½-inch slices before cutting into cubes.

Diced Spam

Cut pork meat into 1-inch cubes and place the cubed pork meat into a bowl.

We Are Ready to Mix All the Ingredients!

Pureed Ham and Cheese

Using a food processor, add the roasted red peppers (½ cup) with liquid.

Pureed Ham and Cheese

Now let’s add the cubed pork meat (12 ounces) and ¾ cup Cheez Whiz.   Furthermore, you can substitute Velvetta cheese for Cheez Whiz if you so desire.

Pureed Ham and Cheese

Cover food processor with lid and mix all the ingredients until a smooth puréed consistency is formed.

Pureed Ham and Cheese

The ham-cheese mixture has the puréed consistency that I am looking for.  Therefore, the sandwich spread mixture is ready.  Place the ham-cheese mixture into a glass bowl.

Note:  Some individuals prefer a much creamier texture – almost liquidy.  However, I prefer a smooth consistency with some texture from the puréed ham.   This is the exact consistency of how it was prepared in Puerto Rico in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Most importantly, you prepare the mezcla like we say a su estilo.   

We Can Now Assemble the Party Sandwiches – Sandwichitos de Mezcla!

Party Sandwiches

Remove the bread crust from 2 loaves of white bread with a sharp serrated knife.   Don’t throw away the bread crust because you can make our delicious bread pudding with the leftover crusts.  Repeat this process for each bread slice.   Click on link to learn how to prepare Bread Pudding.

Note:  You can also stack the bread slices to cut several at a time.

Party Sandwiches

Spread sufficient filling evenly on top of one bread slice.

Party Sandwiches

I normally apply a generous amount of the spread (mezcla) on one slice of bread then cover with another slice of bread.  Repeat this process until all the sandwiches are assembled.

Cutting the Party Sandwiches

Make a diagonal cut to the sandwich with a clean serrated knife.   Continue this process with the remaining sandwiches.

Party Sandwiches

The sandwich spread is not oozing out of the bread when it is cut in half diagonally because it has the right consistency.  

Serve the Party Sandwiches (Sandwichitos de Mezcla)!

Party Sandwiches

Lastly, arrange the party sandwiches on a plate and enjoy!  You can definitely taste the ham, cheese and roasted red bell peppers!

Generally, I prepare the sandwich spread to make both the sandwiches and to serve as a dip with crackers at the same event.

Click on the button below to watch my YouTube video on How to Prepare Sandwichitos de Mezcla (Party Sandwiches)!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts!

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only.  Please refer to our Nutritional Facts Disclaimer for more information.

Print

Sandwichitos de Mezcla (Party Sandwiches)


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 40 Triangular Half Sandwiches 1x

Description

Party sandwiches filled with a ham-cheese filling and served as appetizers!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 can (12 ounces) of Spam, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¾ cup Cheez Whiz or Velvetta Cheese
  • ½ cup roasted red bell peppers with liquid
  • 2 loaves of white bread

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, mix all the ingredients until a smooth puréed consistency is formed.
  2. Remove the bread crusts with a serrated knife.
  3. Apply a generous amount of sandwich spread on one bread slice and cover with another bread slice.
  4. Repeat this process until the sandwiches are made.
  5. Make a diagonal cut to each sandwich with a clean serrated knife.
  6. Serve on a large platter and enjoy.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Sandwich

 

Category: Breads and Sandwiches, Recipes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

A Food Blog with Classic and Contemporary Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine

Order your cookbook today!

  • 42 authentic Puerto Rican recipes
  • Cookbook written in English and Spanish
  • Each recipe contains a picture
  • Healthier version of Puerto Rican cookery
Menu