For my second Mexican food post I’ve decided to share a more simple recipe. Not all Mexican dishes take as much time and effort to make as “Tamales”. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here: TAMALES. All the top chefs started from the bottom, so did we! 😀
This recipe is good for beginners, since it’s relatively simple to make. “Molletes” are a very common Mexican breakfast. To get the best result I think it’s important to have fresh bread and “pico de gallo” (traditional Mexican salsa).
INGREDIENTS (for 10 medium “Molletes”)
For the beans
- 1 jar (400 grams) of precookd red beans
- 1/4 of a small onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 pinch of oregano
- Maggi seasoning sauce to taste (optional)
- 1 cube of vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups of water
For the “pico de gallo”
- 4 medium tomatoes (you can also use cherry tomatoes)
- 3 chiles (fresh serrano / jalapeno or dried chile de arbol)
- 1/4 onion
- 2 limes
- pepper to taste
- salt to taste
+ fresh bread, preferably ciabatta or baguette (ideally you need a “bolillo” but I think you can only get it in Mexico)
+ cheese (edam, gouda, mozzarella or oaxaca)
My own freshly baked bread (recipe coming soon).
First you need to wash your precooked beans really well, be sure not to use raw beans because otherwise they will take forever to prepare. Next, put some oil in a pot and add your chopped onion and garlic, once they are golden brown add your beans, water, oregano, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Then, after it boils, switch to medium heat and let them boil until 1/2 of the liquid has consumed. Finally mash your beans with a hand blender (you can also do it by hand).
Chop the onion and let it rest in a bowl with water for 45 minutes. This takes away the strong flavor of the onion.
Strain the onion.
Chop the tomatoes, chiles and coriander and mix them. If you are not used to eating spicy food don’t add that many chiles. Add one first and then try it out.
Add the onion, squeeze the lime and mix.
Your “pico de gallo” is ready!
Now we are going to put together the “Molletes”. Cut your bread in half, spread some beans on your bread and then cover with cheese, once you’ve assembled all your “Molletes” put them in the oven until the cheese has melted and it’s golden brown. Finally put the “pico de gallo” on top and your “Molletes” are ready to be served!
This is a very simple and nice recipe and even though it’s a breakfast dish you can eat it any time of the day. This is one of my favourite Mexican dishes since I love “pico de gallo” and I adore CHEESE. The combination of a fresh “salsa” with something that just came out of the oven is very rich and flavorful. I highly recommend you to give it a try! 🙂
– Eeva –