Meet the humble mollete. Your follow-up question to, “What is a mollete?”, is likely going to be, “Where have you been my entire life?”. Molletes are Mexico's ultra-comforting and cheesy open-faced sandwiches. Making a mollete is simple: you’ll rub a halved baguette with garlic and then slather with butter, refried beans, and sharp Manchego cheese. Toast this up in the broiler and that is literally it! A delicious, easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in just ten minutes. Fresh salsa like pico de gallo cuts through the richness, and salad alongside is a must. Turn these into brunch with fried eggs, sliced avocado, and hot sauce.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat broiler with rack 6 inches from heat. Arrange bread halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. (Watch carefully so bread doesn't burn.) Remove from oven.

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  • Rub cut sides of bread with cut sides of garlic halves; discard garlic. Spread bread with butter, then with beans. Top with cheese. Return to oven.

  • Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, about 3 minutes. Cut bread pieces in half on an angle. Serve with pico de gallo and greens.

Chef's Notes

Comfort food at its best, and ready in 15 minutes!