I first had molletes in Cuernavaca, Mexico. They are a no-fuss delicious breakfast made with fresh bolillo rolls or other fresh bread. Bolillo rolls are 4 for a dollar at Mexican bakeries and groceries throughout L.A., but if you are in a place where you can't find them just substitute french bread. Usually, molletes are topped with pico de gallo, but since tomatoes are not in season I have made a winter version with mushrooms instead. Omit the chile arbol if you don't like your breakfast spicy. Use your favorite canned refried beans or make your own for dinner the night before and use the leftovers for molletes in the morning. —clintonhillbilly
fresh bolillo rolls, split in half
fresh mozzarrella, sliced, or shredded melting cheese
cotija, crumbed, or sub feta or goat cheese crumbles
chile arbol (dried)
In This Recipe
Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Melt a tablespoon of butter into a skillet and sautee mushrooms on medium heat till they have released their liquid and most of it has evaporated. Crumble in your chile arbol, including the seeds (but not the stem), and sautee another minute or two.
Layer each half a roll as follows with retried beans, then mushrooms, then cheese. Bake until cheese is melted.
I'm an avid Iron Chef watcher, cookbook enthusiast and dedicated cook. So is my partner, and when we have dinner parties we go completely insane. Our dinners involve lots of wine and lots of vegetarian fare. My favorite cuisine is Mexican, and anything bordering the Mediterranean Sea is tied for second. I just started a blog called Lunchimal! It's all about making lunch for $5 or less from organic, sustainable, local ingredients. Check it out! http://lunchimal.blogspot.com/