Mozzarella in Carrozza

Deep-Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    4

Appears in

The Italian Regional Cookbook

The Italian Regional Cookbook

By Valentina Harris

Published 2017

  • About

The word carrozza means carriage, and these deep-fried sandwiches are the perfect vessel to carry luxurious mozzarella. It is quite a heavy dish, so when served as an antipasto it should be followed by a light main course, although often it is served as a stand-alone snack instead.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 7.5 ml/1 ½ tsp anchovy paste
  • 250 g/9 oz mozzarella, cut into 8 thick slices
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying
  • ground black pepper
  • tomato salad or tomato sauce, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Trim the bread to slightly larger than the mozzarella slices. Lay 4 slices of bread on a board and spread each with anchovy paste.

  2. Cover the anchovy paste with 2 slices of mozzarella. Season to taste with black pepper, and cover with the other slices of bread. Squash together very firmly.

  3. Put the beaten eggs into a shallow bowl. Slide the sandwiches into the eggs and leave to soak for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, pour enough sunflower oil into a wide, deep frying pan to a depth of about 7.5cm/3in. Heat until a small cube of bread, dropped into the oil, sizzles instantly.
  5. Fry all the sandwiches in the hot oil until crisp and golden on both sides, remove with a metal spatula and drain thoroughly on kitchen paper.
  6. Serve piping hot, with tomato salad or tomato sauce offered separately, if you like.