Make Merienda With These Easy Palaman Recipes

You don't need much time to make these delicious spreads.

IMAGE Majoy Siason

Palaman or sandwich spreads are not meant to be hard to make! In fact, sandwich spreads are mostly no-cook recipes since the meats are either already cooked or canned and ready to eat. From canned tuna to leftover roasted chicken that you either slice or shred, merienda can be a fast and easy meal to make if you make these sandwich fillings in advance. 

Use a spoon and stuff these between sandwich slices for an instant meal or take it one step further and toast the bread slices with or without the filling inside for a warm, melty bite. Whichever route you take when you get hungry, these sandwich fillings are going to stave off the hunger before dinner time.

Here are 10 sandwich palaman recipe ideas we think you should make and then store in case you need a quick snack during the day: 

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1 Cheesy Mushroom Sandwich Recipe 

When your kitchen is your supermarket, raid it for canned mushrooms, your favorite cheese, and bread, and you can have a super delicious and umami-packed sandwich that takes minutes to put together. 

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2 Chicken and Egg Pimiento Sandwich Recipe 

You'll love the fact that you know exactly what goes into your sandwich spread when you make this sandwich spread recipe"from scratch" . The resulting flavorful and homemade spread, however, is well worth the time and effort. Plus, chicken cooks fast and marries well with a variety of ingredients so you can be sure this will be delicious. 

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3 Mackerel and Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

When it comes to fish, the mackerel doesn't get much love. The canned mackerel is a fantastic substitute for sardines and since it is in a can, it's easy to use for sandwich spreads such as this one. Besides, how can you resist a spread that has cream cheese in it?  

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4 Ham and Cheese Sticks Recipe  

Ham and cheese is an easy pairing to fall in love with. It's sweet and savory with a fantastic complimentary texture, too. It should be easy to make this sandwich but why not add a touch of fun by slicing it into strips rather than the usual half. It's not only easier to place into your mouth, but it's also kid-friendly, too.    

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5 whole Wheat Chicken Club Sandwich Recipe 

Whole wheat sandwich slices are more common now than ever! What is already delicious can also be good for you, too. Since whole wheat contains more of the bran from the wheat plant, you not only get a sandwich that is bursting with flavors from the chicken salad you stuffed into it, you also get a heartier, more filling sandwich, too, that's just as delicious as one made with white slices. 

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6 Easy Egg Salad Recipe 

How easy can it be to boil eggs? Very easy since there is little you need to do other than watch the time and peel the eggs once it's ready. That's why this extremely simple egg salad sandwich filling is such an easy one. It contains hardboiled eggs, mayonnaise, a touch of hot sauce for a little flavored heat and an umami bomb in the form of roasted sesame dressing. It's the sesame that will make it irresistible but it's the eggs that will make it totally doable.  

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7 Creamy Tuna and Cucumber Sandwich Spread Recipe 

The creamy tuna filling of this classic sandwich is a tried and tested one that you can use for more than one recipe. Canned tuna, drained, is mixed with creamy and lemony mayonnaise, a little tangy mustard, and some salt and pepper. Simple? Oh, yes! This is fantastic as a sandwich filling but it can double as a vegetable dip, too. Cucumbers make the best dippers and pairs well with tuna, so it's just right that slices of the green vegetable are stuffed right in with the tuna spread. 

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8 Inihaw Sandwich Recipe 

How can you go wrong with a sandwich when you fill it with inihaw? For this recipe, you'll need to make some inihaw but that's the genius part of this recipe. You can make the pork belly filling and eat it for dinner. Any leftovers are instantly made into this flavorful and packed Vietnamese-inspired sandwich. This is proof that leftovers can be incredibly tasty and appetizing! 

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9 Grilled Three-Cheese Pimiento Recipe 

There are just so many ways to make grilled cheese sandwiches, from the type of cheese you can love to the kind of bread you want to use. You don't need to make it too simple but do aim for tasty with this easy three-cheese version of the cheese pimiento spread you may have enjoyed as a kid. This is the adult version so feel free to go crazy with flavors. 

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10 Pulled Chicken Sandwich Recipe 

Pulled meat recipes don't need to be complicated. In fact, using leftover meats is a genius way to not waste food! Here, a simple sauce is all you really need to make since you can always grab some ready-made rotisserie chicken, shred or chop it up, and toss it with this intense barbecue sauce. Save it for a day you want a flavor bomb in your sandwich, and this will deliver.     

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No matter how long the day may be, you'll be glad you prepared or can easily prepare any of these sandwich spreads and fillings. You're meant to keep these palamans stocked so you can always be ready to satisfy that niggling hunger whenever it should strike. 

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