Sunday, October 9, 2022

Molletes - Mexican-Style Bean and Cheese Sandwiches

Mexican-style sandwiches of refried beans and cheese, served on sturdy rolls and toasted, then topped with pico de gallo, make for a nice snack, though they are often served at breakfast, lunch or dinner as well. Add your own favorite toppings!


Molletes - Mexican-Style Bean and Cheese Sandwiches


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Pati Jinich is one of my favorite chefs to watch there, and where I learned about Molletes.

Mexican food, at least what might be considered "authentic" here in the states, since most of our dishes have been well Americanized and Tex-Mex'd, is a bit intimidating to me. I have a hard time making a proper tortilla for pete's sake! Just can't get the taste right. So when we want Mexican food, we generally eat out, but when I get a taste for something I want to try at home, with three popular and outstanding, beautiful cookbooks, I know I can trust Pati.

Although Molletes are traditionally often beans and cheese with pico de gallo you can really add a wide variety of other cooked toppings like crispy fried bacon, crumbled fried chorizo, chopped baked ham or turkey, avocado, jalapenos, chipotle in adobo sauce and sauteed mushrooms, whatever your heart desires!

They are often eaten as what Pati calls antojitos or cravings, aka snacks, but are also served at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Let's make some Molletes!

Typically made with a Mexican sandwich bread like teleras or bolillos that may be hard to find where you live, they can really be made with any good sandwich roll like French pistolettes, petite baguettes or Italian hoagie rolls, which is what I'm using here.

Slice rolls in half lengthwise. Spread each piece with butter, pressing an indent into the roll


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Layer a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. I toasted mine in the air fryer. Toast in oven about 3 to 4 minutes. 


Remove and evenly distribute refried beans on each piece of bread.


Spread out to the edges.


Top with cheese. You can use whatever cheese you have on hand. I pretty much always have a bag of preshredded Mexican blend in the fridge - a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack and sometimes queso quesadilla and asadero cheeses, depending on the brand.


Return to oven until edges are toasted and cheese melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. 


Serve hot, garnished with pico or your favorite toppings. Crispy fried bacon, crumbled fried chorizo, avocado, jalapenos, chipotle in adobo sauce and sauteed mushrooms are all good choices.


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