Mozzarella in Carrozza

Deep-Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

When we were kids growing up in Italy we would enjoy this dish as a snack. Our appetites never seemed to lessen in those days and our afternoon snack, despite huge lunches and enormous dinners, was vital to survival! It is quite a heavy dish, given that it is deep-fried bread and cheese, so it needs to be served either on its own or with very light components to make up a meal. The name means that the mozzarella is in a golden carriage, like Cinderella!

Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 8 thick slices mozzarella
  • 3 eggs
  • sunflower oil to deep-fry
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Lay 4 slices of the bread out on a board and spread each one with anchovy paste.
  2. Cover the anchovy paste with slices of mozzarella. Season with a little pepper and place the other slices of bread on top. Firmly push down on each sandwich with your hand to press it together.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Place the sandwiches into the beaten egg and leave to soak for about 15 minutes (you may need to use more than one bowl to leave the sandwiches soaking at the same time).
  4. Meanwhile, pour about 3 in depth of sunflower oil into a wide, deep skillet and heat until a small cube of bread, dropped onto the surface of the oil sizzles instantly.
  5. Add the sandwiches to the hot oil and deep-fry until crisp and golden on both sides. Remove the sandwiches with a spatula and drain well on paper towels. Serve piping hot with a bowl of tomato sauce if desired.

To Serve

tomato sauce (optional)

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