Mexican Molletes
(Mexican Bean and Cheese Sandwiches)


In Mexican cuisine, a mollete (  moh-YAY-tay), native to Mexico City, is a bolillo sliced lengthwise and partially hollowed. Filled with refried beans and topped with cheese, they are then grilled in an oven until the cheese melts. Molletes are one of the most popular Mexican antojitos ("little cravings" i.e. street food or appetizers), that can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch, a hearty afternoon snack or dinner.


Ingredients

For the molletes:
For toppings and garnishes (any or all):


Instructions

  1. Preheat your cooker to 350°F, set up with a raised grid for direct cooking.
  2. Slice the bread in half lengthwise to have 8 pieces. Scoop out some of the bread to form a well. Spread each piece with 3 to 4 tablespoons of refried beans and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated cheese on top.
  3. Optional: top the molletes with crisped bacon, chorizo, or thinly sliced ham or turkey.
  4. Optional: just before you place the molletes in your cooker, toss a handful of your favorite smoking wood chips onto the fire.
  5. Place the molletes onto a pan and then into your cooker on the raised grid and let them bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread has a nice toasted crust around the edges.
  6. Serve with avocado slices and pico de gallo or salsa on the side. Garnish with pickled jalapeno slices, fresh cilantro, scallion greens and lime wedges.

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