After all the sweet & savory bakes in April, I’m starting May with a baked Mexican open faced sandwich called Mollete. When I think of May, I think of Cinco de Mayo that is celebrated on the 5th of May. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. So May 5th means make Mexican food and enjoy!!
I was browsing through my ‘Cookshelf — Mexican’ cookbook for some recipes and found this Mollete sandwich. It is a Mexican version of open faced sandwich that is filled with refried beans and cheese, then topped with a crunchy cabbage salad.
Molletes are traditionally made with bolillos, a savory Mexican bread that is similar to a baguette but is shorter in length and has a crunchy crust and soft inside. I couldn’t find bolillo in my neighborhood, so bought wholewheat crusty rolls and made the sandwiches with them.
Mollete is like Mexican version of pizza, it is very filling and very delicious. It is easy to make too, if you have refried beans already cooked up (or if you have a can of store bought refried beans).