This next recipe has a special place in my heart because it is the first thing that the Italian ever cooked for me, before we were dating. We had recently met and he made the sandwiches for a group of friends, although I could tell by his flirtatious laughter and sideways glances that he was trying to impress me (which he later confirmed was true!) And impress me he did. They were delicious, and one of my first thoughts as I bit into the crispy, melty perfection amid sideways glances at him and flirtatious giggles of my own was….hmm this person can feed me…
Mozzarella in Carrozza translates roughly to “mozzarella cheese in a carriage”. The golden-crusted mozzarella sandwich is a Neapolitan specialty that could be theoretically comparable to a fried grilled cheese sandwich. They are typically served as an antipasto, usually allowing 1-2 sandwiches per person, although I’ve been known to eat three because they are so tasty. The sandwiches are a crowd pleaser and are good for large groups – the Italian and I once tested out the recipe on my family during a ski trip in Colorado to great success!
Thus far we’ve only made them with the mozzarella alone, although some variations could include adding leaves of basil and tomato sauce inside the sandwich which could turn it into almost a fried pizza sandwich.
- White bread, crust removed, cut into evenly shaped triangles
- Mozzarella cheese, sliced
- Bowl of flour
- Bowl of beaten eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper
- Vegetable oil
Place a slice of mozzarella cheese between two of the bread slices to make a sandwich. Press edges of bread together. Does not have to perfectly close.
Dip the sandwich into the beaten egg, then into the flour, making sure both sides are fully covered.
Fry in the oil over high heat until golden brown on each side.
When done, transfer sandwich to a rack or paper towel to dry. Serve immediately and sprinkle with salt and pepper before eating.