Molletes is an easy breakfast or afternoon snack. This delicious open Mexican sandwich is a classic Mexican favorite.
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Going to restaurants can be a bit of a challenge for me. I can be a picky eater, especially when it comes to Mexican food. Once, I was in Paris and my friends would take me to a new Mexican restaurant. I reluctantly accepted. My thoughts, how bad can Mexican food be in a food paradise like Paris? In short, it was awful! The restaurant was owned and run by Italians not Mexicans. They didn't even speak Spanish and completely ruined everything we ordered, which I forwarded to the waitress. She, in turn, sent the chef out. He explained that his menu was for his French customers and not for Mexicans. Then he asked me what real Mexican dish I thought would appeal to the French. My answer: Molletes or open Mexican sandwiches.
Molletes (pronounced: mo-YEH-tehs) are made with bolillo
(or a Mexican bread), refried beans and Manchego cheese. Then topped with a salsa, usually Pico de Gallo. Do you see why I asked this French chef to do this? It's really hard to touch this dish. So simple, even an Italian chef pretending to know Mexican food could do it.
Do not cut the cheese. Cut the bread … In half. Once you have tossed a thin layer of refilled beans on the bolillo, some cheese is added. Finding some of our Mexican cheeses in the United States can be difficult. I think that's funny because I have no problem finding American cheeses in my grocery store in Mexico. Molletes are traditionally made with Manchego cheese. If you can't find it. You can replace with Monterey Jack
, medium white cheddaror fontina. You want something that easily melts under the broiler.
Finally, top the Molletes with Pico de Gallo or your favorite salsa
. I like to add some of the juice from the salsa so it can be soaked in the bread. Or add some eggs. These open Mexican sandwiches are delicious for breakfast. Or add some chorizo to a mid-afternoon snack. Fast and delicious. You can see why this is a favorite in Mexico… (and maybe now Paris too). Enjoy!
Molletes (or open, Mexican sandwich)
Molletes is an easy breakfast or afternoon snack. This delicious open Mexican sandwich is a classic Mexican favorite. .com 5 minutes Total time: 10 minutes portions: 2 calories: 224kcal
- 1 bolillo or bread
- 4 tablespoons refried beans split
- 2 slices of Manchego cheese
- Pico de Gallo or your favorite salsa
- Cut the bolillo in half
- Butter 2 tablespoons refried beans on one half of the bolillo.
- On the other half of the bolillo, grease the remaining 2 tablespoons of refried beans.
- Add Manchego cheese on top of the refried beans.
- Set the oven to Broiler.
- Place the prepared boillos open upwards on a pot.
- Place the bolillos under the broiler for 4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Top with pico de gallo.
Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 18 g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30 mg | Sodium: 498 mg | Potassium: 31 mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Calcium: 337 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg