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Pati Jinich Molletes

Grilled Cheese and Bean HeroesMolletes

Serves: 4 to 6

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4 teleras, bolillos, Portuguese buns, petite baguettes or large baguettes, cut into 5- to 6-inch pieces

2 cups refried beans, homemade or store-bought

2 cups shredded Oaxaca, mozzarella, Monterrey Jack or mild cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Traditional tomato pico de gallo salsa, or other salsa of your choice

Optional extra toppings: crumbled and fried Mexican-style chorizo, crisp bacon, ham, turkey, sautéed mushrooms or avocado slices

To Prepare

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Spread each piece with 3 to 4 tablespoons of refried beans and top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated cheese. Arrange the molletes on a baking sheet as you make them. If you want to add more toppings like ham, turkey, bacon or chorizo, sprinkle them on top of the cheese.

When they are all assembled, bake until the cheese has melted and the bread has a nice toasted crust on the bottom and around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Eat while hot. Serve with pico de gallo, or your favorite salsa, on the side.


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Thank you for all your recipes. The ABC soup was wonderful. I now have a new favorite soup. Do you have a cookbook? Your wonderful.

Hi Diane, thank you for your message and for trying the soup! Yes, I have a cookbook, more info here:

Hello Pati, I just wanted to say I’m excited to try your delicious snack. What better place to try it out then Super Bowl Sunday! Thanks again. Your show and food are great.

Gracias Melissa!!

Hola Pati! Thank you for the wonderful recipes. I modified the Alphabet sopa by adding chicken. My family loved it! Your personality really comes through on your show and it’s so very welcoming!

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Pati, me fascina to programa!! Me gustaria ser tu vecina! :) I do have a question, however. I’m curious about why you translate the names of the dishes to English instead of leaving them with their Spanish names or a reference to both. I love that your introducing so many in the world to our culture. Shouldn’t that include the language when related to the food?

Yes! I include their names in Spanish and English, whenever I can.

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