Have you noticed that cultures with similar food habits and ingredients, and climate, tend to have similar dishes. It was huge revelation for me was, when I discovered the Mexican equivalent of bruschettas. They are called molletes, they contain melted cheese, mashed beans, tomato, avocado, coriander and ... ENOUGH! Read the recipe on your own, cause I am already drooling on my keyboard.
Ingredients (for 8 mogietes):
• 1 baguette
• 2 cups of cooked red beans
• 2 avocados
• 3 juicy tomatoes
• 1 medium onion
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 bunch of coriander
• virgin olive oil
• cheese slices
• juice of 2 limes
• salt, pepper, red sweet paprika
Cut the baguette in 4 pieces and cut each piece in half lengthwise, to end with 8 pieces of bread.
In a bowl, prepare the "beak of the rooster" (the literal translation of the Mexican "pico de gallo") mixture: little cube-sized avocados and tomatoes, finely chopped onions, garllic and coriander, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and red paprika. And stir well to mix everything.
In another bowl mash the boiled red beans until they become a homogeneous spread.
And now begins the fun part, spread a rich amount of the beans on each piece of bread and put a slice of cheese on each bread. Put the molletes in the oven at 150C degrees until the cheese begins to melt. Take them out and spread them over them the "pico de gallo". Eat them while they are still warm. They are a gastronomical dream, right?
Credits | Author and Photos: Despina Kortesidou