Mollettes | A Nutritionist Eats

So apparently I’ve been living under a rock. I’ve never heard of – or seen – mollettes on a menu. Ever!

Which is slightly disturbing considering the number of menus I look at. (I also edit them and tell Richie how I would change/improve them every single time. He loves* it. *loves = is annoyed by)

Mollettes | A Nutritionist Eats

But when we were in Sayulita, Mexico I came across mollettes on a menu at a French-ish cafe – of all places – and while everyone else ordered delicious-sounding egg sandwiches on croissants, I confidently ordered mollettes or as I called them, mo-lets. I blame the butchered pronunciation on the LA Spanglish radio station. Oops.

Both the egg sandwiches and mollettes (said with correct pronunciation) were majorly delicious.

Mollettes | A Nutritionist Eats

Let’s get back to the mollettes. They are pretty basic but not to be underestimated. A baguette or other crusty bread (though I’ll advise against sourdough) is topped with refried beans and cheese, all broiled together until nice and toasty and garnished with a healthy serving of pico de gallo and pickled jalapeño slices if you like some spice. The pico de gallo cannot be skipped, it adds major freshness and flavor.

It’s pretty much my new favorite non-recipe meal and it’s totally budget-friendly which rarely happens in my world, so I go with it when I can. Make it next time you need a meal in minutes!

nutrition facts: 447 calories, 11 grams of fat, 21 grams of protein, 66 g carbohydrates, 9 g fiber

*huge thanks to Karla at Foodologie for filling me in on the correct spelling!


by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer bread breakfast sandwich snack high fiber vegetarian beans Mexican


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 12 oz french baguette (not sourdough!)
  • 1 15 oz can of refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • salsa and jalapeno slices for serving


Slice the baguette in half, lengthwise.

Cut in four pieces.

Scoop out some of the bread if desired.

Spread beans on bread and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Broil until cheese is golden brown, about 5 minutes. (Watch carefully!)

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26 Comments (Reply )

  1. Alyssa
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    I have never heard of a molette before either, but after seeing this I can confidently say I would LOVE them. Yum is an understatement!


  2. Mellissa
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    These look delicious. Must try :)


  3. allie@sweetpotatobites
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    I’ve never heard of molettes either but will definitely give these a try!


  4. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    what a fun idea, i’ve never heard of these either!! kinda like mexican bruschetta of sorts!!


    • Emily
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      Yeah, it is!


  5. Mercedes
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Apparently I live under a rock as well because I have never heard of molettes either! But I am so happy that you have enlightened me because I would love this for lunch any day!


  6. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Never heard of a molette either. But beans, cheese, bread…I’m in!


  7. S
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of molettes before, but I already know I’m gonna love them! I can’t say no to bread and cheese.



  8. Karla @ Foodologie
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    Ok so you were right, we basically eat the same foods. Yay for beans and cheese! Best combo on the planet!

    P.S. not to be the Español police but I believe they’re spelled “Molletes” (pronounced mo-ye-tes), just FYI :)


    • Emily
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

      Oh nooooooo!!!!! Is there any reason that it would be either spelling? Just because I’ve seen it spelt molettes many times… But I want to have it right. Thanks for letting me know.


  9. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    Yum, those look right up my alley. I loooove refried beans, even though they aren’t that pretty.


    • Emily
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 10:26 am

      I know. They might be one of my favorite “hideous but delicious” foods!


  10. Kristina @ Love & Zest
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    Sounds really good! I must be living under that same rock!


  11. Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    What a delicious looking idea! For a meal or a snack.


  12. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    These sound so good! What is it about refried beans that is so delicious? Probably the “refried” part. ;)


    • Emily
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

      I know you are busy…but I miss your blog! :)


  13. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    Yummy! I’ve been eating these for years but thought it was just something weird I invented!


  14. erin
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    I’ve never heard of them, either… maybe it’s because we’re from the midwest? ;) These sound delish!


  15. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    ummm, wow. never heard of mollettes before either but wow! i can’t wait to try ‘em.


  16. Mark Frankel
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    It looks amazing. I’m gluten free and I was wondering if you think this would work on a soft or hard corn tortilla.


    • Emily
      Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:20 am

      Sure! It wouldn’t be mollettes, but it would be good!


  17. Marcy
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    All-time favorite! Two “l”s definitely. Mo-ye-tays.


  18. Liz
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    I also never heard of mollettes. So, I guess I’ve also been living under a rock.

    That makes me wonder if we’ve all been under one big rock or do we each have a personal rock? :-)


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