Molletes, photo by Santiago Gomez de la FuentePhoto by Santiago Gomez de la Fuente
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Molletes are made in a heartbeat. Feel free to add mushrooms, chorizo, bacon, chives or other ingredients of your choice.

Molletes are a traditional Mexican dish considered to be the direct cousin of the Italian bruschetta. The toppings are tomatoes, bread, cheese and beans, but getting creative is never a bad idea. Pair this recipe with your favorite hot sauce if looking for a spicy kick, chopped chives for a veggie fix, or diced bacon for a touch of protein!

You can prepare these for breakfast, lunch, or as a hearty afternoon snack. The best part is that they're super-easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients. You can even use a toaster oven if you don't want to bother with the oven.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted, at room temperature
  • 2 large bolillos or teleras or ciabatta bread sliced in half
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • 1 cup chihuahua cheese or Provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pico de Gallo or salsa verde or salsa roja

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 500° F (260° C).
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat until it’s nice and hot. Spread the butter over the cut sides of the roll halves. Place the rolls, cut sides down, in the skillet and let them go, untouched, until lightly golden brown and crisp, which ought to take just a minute or so.
  3. Spread a thin layer of beans over the toasted side of each roll. Top with a thin layer of cheese. Place the molletes in the oven just until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown in a few spots, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the molletes immediately with some salsa or pico de gallo on top.
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