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Molletes (Refried Bean and Cheese Melts)


4 servings

Use one of the cheeses recommende­d, or queso fresco or cotija. Serve them as is, or dress them up as we suggest with a few extra toppings. Active time: 15 mins; Total time: 25 mins

Adapted from food writer Pati Jinich.


1 (16-inch) loaf French or Italian bread

1 (15-ounce) can refried black or pinto beans

2 scallions, white parts separated from green, thinly sliced and divided

2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated or crumbled Oaxaca, mozzarella or pepper jack cheese

1 cup pico de gallo, store-bought

or homemade

1 avocado, pitted and sliced (optional)

Pickled jalapeño slices (optional)

Fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems (optional)

1 lime, quartered (optional)


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to

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