I fondly recall seeking out the trays with the yellow cellophane upon arriving at parties; that meant there was great snack foods to be had. A tray of little croquettes, a tray of “cangrejitos” and “pastelitos”, a tray of “bocaditos” – sublime! Now, I don’t know about the rest of my family and friends, but to me, a birthday party wasn’t complete without them – especially the bocaditos. Sometimes, that would be the only food you’d have all day!
Bocaditos means “little bites” or “little mouthfuls” in Spanish. I’ve seen a few recipes that call for making these with deviled ham. I say, “Blasphemy!”
While most commonly served at parties, this ham spread is the perfect finger sandwich filling. It doesn’t get any more simple and delicious than the recipe below. If you’re having a party or picnic, make a huge batch and watch them disappear in the blink of an eye.
- 1 lb cooked ham (not deli sliced)
- 1 8oz package of cream cheese
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 4oz jar diced/sliced pimentos, drained
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 pkg of (12) King's Hawaiian dinner rolls or 4 pieces of white bread with the crusts cut off.
- Throw all the ingredients into a food processor and process until it is a thick paste.
- Spread thickly on the dinner rolls and enjoy, or
- spread thick on one slice of white bread and place another piece on top and cut in an asterisk formation to create 8 small triangles.
- Some people like to add pickle relish, some like to add green olives. I'm a purist and wouldn't taint a perfect snack food - although I might consider adding black olives when I make this again.