For Latin Monday today, Mely has engineered a traditional Mexican treat using Rhodes dough. Molletes (pronounced mo-yet-es) are often eaten for breakfast or for snacks. Mely even teache...
- 8 Rhodes Texas or Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
- 16 oz. Refried Beans
- 2 cups Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
- ½ package Chorizo (Optional)
- 2 Large Tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup Onion, finely diced
- 1/2 tbsp Cilantro (Coriander), finely diced
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- Some Flour
Molletes is pronounced Mo-yet-e. They are often thought of as breakfast food but are also considered a snack food. The toppings always include refried beans and melted cheese but can also contain chorizo, chicken, salsa fresca, and other variety of things depending on the region where the preparer is from. I chose to add salsa fresca (Fresh Salsa) and chorizo for a nice flavor. They are simple and a great hit!
Dust each roll with flour and roll into a 5 x 2- inch bun. You can do that by hand by just rolling the roll into a 5 in long tube and then pulling the dough out so that it spreads to about 2 inches. I used Dinner Rolls.
Place each on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap.
Now, let the dough rise until it doubles or triples in size.
Remove the wrap and bake at 350ºF for 10 to 15 Minutes. I baked them for 10 minutes.
During the 10 to 15 minutes make your salsa fresca. Dice your Tomatoes, Onions, and Cilantro and combine these with the Salt, Garlic Powder, and Pepper. Mix them together and set it aside.
Now place your chorizo on a frying pan. Do not add any oil as it contains enough. Let it cook until it looks like this. Then set it aside.
Place your refried beans and warm in a small sauce pan.
When your bread is baked, remove it from the oven and when it is cool enough to touch, cut it in half with a sharp knife.
Now you will layer the toppimgs. Take the bread half and smother on some refried beans.
Now add some chorizo. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Now add the cheese.
You will now be baking it for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Now add the tomato mixture on top and it is ready to eat.
My nephew Andre Corona wanted to be the first to try them so he had the first taste. He enthusiastically gave them a 9 out of 10. Then he reminded me that I had promised some to his father so I quickly plated enough to feed his whole family and dropped him off at my cousin’s (his Father’s) home. The next day, I asked my cousin what he thought of the Molletes. He laughed while he confessed that he did not have the opportunity to taste any. Apparently Andre ate them all before his family arrived home.