Here in Puerto Rico we have a custom of serving at most birthday parties what we call “sandwichitos de mezcla”. Roughly translated means “mixture mini sandwiches”. They’re traditionally made with a bunch of things I don’t eat anymore… so a friend taught me to make this alternative version.
I will confess, my friend Ana Yolanda has requested these sandwiches for several of her home parties. And I am not lying when I tell you these sandwiches go faster than the traditional version. I make them on 100% whole wheat bread, so that’s why they are not super symmetrical. Traditionally they’re made with club sandwich bread, but none of the brands available here are 100% whole grain.
They’re super easy and super tasty…
VEGGIE PARTY SANDWICHES
12oz. cream cheese, softened 1/2 large tomato, seeds removed, chopped as finely as possible 1 medium cubanelle pepper or 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped as finely as possible 1/2 medium onion, chopped as finely as possible Olive oil to taste Garlic salt and pepper to taste 1 packet of 100% whole wheat sliced sandwich bread
Mix together the cream cheese, tomato, onion and pepper.
Add olive oil in small increments to soften the mixture until it’s in an easy-to-spread consistency.
Season with garlic salt and pepper.
If you stop here… you can use this mixture as a veggie party dip. Continue to make the sandwiches…
4. Spread the mixture onto the one side of the sliced bread and assemble sandwiches.
5. Take a clean/new handi-wipe or 2 paper towel and dip it in milk or water. Squeeze the excess milk/water. Place it at the bottom of a tray or Pyrex where you can fit all the sandwiches. Place the sandwiches on top of one paper towel or the opened handi wipe. Cover the sandwiches with the remaining damp paper towel. Place the tray in the fridge for a few hours or even over night. The paper towel will keep the sandwiches moist while in the fridge. If not using, the top bread will dry out on you.
6. Remove sandwiches from fridge and cut away the crusts and cut in quarters – either diagonally or vertical/horizontal. It’s up to you.
Serve on a platter and see them fly away…