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Sandwiches de Mezcla: My Mother's Legacy
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Sandwiches de Mezcla: My Mother's Legacy

It's a hot summer day in Puerto Rico. A little girl runs through the beach soaked in sea water and sand. She runs happily toward her mother, who has opened a cooler filled with snacks she prepared this morning. She hands the little girl a sandwich and a juice box. That little girl was me, and that sandwich, was a sandwich de mezcla.

Mezcla (or "The Mix") is my own mother's invention. You could say it was her answer to the all-American peanut butter and jelly. Nearly every childhood memory I have is accompanied by one of these sandwiches, and by the heat of a tropical Puerto Rico summer.

Yesterday I was aimlessly browsing the aisles of the supermarket when I spotted the main component of a Sandwich de Mezcla, Spam. Now I'm fully aware of Spam's reputation here in the mainland, but to me, Spam is synonymous with the joy of being a child. I find that anyone who hates Spam has never actually tried it, as it is a delicious ham-like treat that tastes like nothing else in the world. It has no equal, and could therefore not be replaced by anything else.

I immediately started craving this infamous sandwich, and went on to grab the rest of the ingredients for it. Giggling like a little girl, I finally arrived home to take a trip down memory lane. I'd like to share this recipe with you, as I can't imagine any child who wouldn't squeal with delight after trying my mother's recipe. And it only has 3 ingredients!

Sandwich De Mezcla

1 can of Spam

1/2 a jar of Cheez Wiz

1/2 a jar of Kraft Sandwich Spread (That's what it's called!)

On a large plate, cut the Spam into tiny pieces with a fork (this will make it easier to mash later). Add the Cheez Wiz and Spread and continue to mash together until they form one uniform substance (Your hand will hurt, as it takes a bit of time, but persevere!). So mash, mash, mash, until the Spam has become tiny pieces swimming in a sea of orangey goodness. I thought about this, and I don't see any reason why you couldn't just drop all the ingredients in a food processor and mix it up with the push of a button. I've always done it old-school, but be my guest. Let me know how it turns out!

This sandwich is meant to be made with the softest sliced bread you can find, preferably with the crusts cut off... but that's just me. Pair it with a juice box or some ice-cold chocolate milk, and enjoy being 8 years old again! 

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