Pasta de Bocaditos

Pasta de Bocadito Sandwiches

“Bocaditos” literally means “tiny mouthfuls” and refers to the little sandwiches often served at Cuban parties that contain various spreads such as chicken salad, green olives mixed with cream cheese, or, in this case, a blend of ham and pimentos.  My mom used to make this a lot for me and my brother when we were kids.  We would just plop the spread on a slice of bread, fold it over, and stuff our faces.   The spread is a blend of deviled ham, cream cheese, pimentos, and a little mayonnaise and mustard.   It’s slightly spicy because of the pimentos, which I adore, and it’s very easy to make.  In a large bowl, you mix together three cans of deviled ham with a bar of cream cheese that has been brought to room temperature.  (You can do this with a fork since the cream cheese will be soft.)  Then add roughly two tablespoons of mayonnaise, one teaspoon of mustard, and a small 4 oz jar of pimentos which you dice in a food processor and drain beforehand.  Mix it thoroughly and wah-lah!  Don’t worry about making it smooth; little tiny chunks of cream cheese are totally fine.   For parties, you can cut off the crusts and slice the bread into triangles.  You can eat this with crackers as well.   Every bite takes me back to my childhood summers, when we practically lived in the pool and ate these sandwiches at lunch.  Nothing like the smell of chlorine and hunger from a hard day’s play.

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