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Mozzarella In Carrozza

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Introduction

This is Italian food before Tuscan rustic chic. The 'in carrozza' bit means 'in a carriage' and doesn't really explain what this golden-crusted fried mozzarella sandwich is about, just gives an indication that the milky cheese is somehow contained. What you should know if you've never tried it (apart from the fact that it is one of the easiest, most gratifying laptop dinners imaginable) is that it is somewhere between eggy bread, cheese on toast and fried slice.

For children (and do bear this in mind for a quick, hot filler when they get back from school) it is desirably like pizza sandwich, and could be made more so with tomato sauce smeared within the bread's tender interior.

This is Italian food before Tuscan rustic chic. The 'in carrozza' bit means 'in a carriage' and doesn't really explain what this golden-crusted fried mozzarella sandwich is about, just gives an indication that the milky cheese is somehow contained. What you should know if you've never tried it (apart from the fact that it is one of the easiest, most gratifying laptop dinners imaginable) is that it is somewhere between eggy bread, cheese on toast and fried slice.

For children (and do bear this in mind for a quick, hot filler when they get back from school) it is desirably like pizza sandwich, and could be made more so with tomato sauce smeared within the bread's tender interior.

Mozzarella in Carrozza
Photo by Francesca Yorke

Ingredients

Serves: 2

Metric Cups
  • 6 slices white bread (crusts removed)
  • 1 ball (approx. 125g / 4oz) mozzarella (cut into approx ½cm / one-eighth inch slices then strips)
  • 125 millilitres full fat milk
  • 3 heaped tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil (not extra virgin) for frying
  • 6 slices white bread (crusts removed)
  • 1 ball (approx. 125g / 4oz) mozzarella (cut into approx ½cm / one-eighth inch slices then strips)
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 heaped tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil (not extra virgin) for frying

Method

  1. Make sandwiches out of the bread and mozzarella, leaving a little margin around the edges unfilled with cheese, and press the edges together with your fingers to help seal. (One of the advantages of plastic bread is that it is easily wodged together.)
  2. Pour the milk into one soup bowl, the flour into another, and beat the egg with salt and pepper in another.
  3. Warm the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  4. Dunk the sandwiches briefly, one by one, in the milk, then dredge in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg. Fry in hot oil on each side till crisp and gold and remove to kitchen towel. Cut in half and apply to face.
  1. Make sandwiches out of the bread and mozzarella, leaving a little margin around the edges unfilled with cheese, and press the edges together with your fingers to help seal. (One of the advantages of plastic bread is that it is easily wodged together.)
  2. Pour the milk into one soup bowl, the flour into another, and beat the egg with salt and pepper in another.
  3. Warm the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  4. Dunk the sandwiches briefly, one by one, in the milk, then dredge in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg. Fry in hot oil on each side till crisp and gold and remove to kitchen towel. Cut in half and apply to face.

Additional Information

For vegetarians make sure the mozzarella is made without animal rennet.

For vegetarians make sure the mozzarella is made without animal rennet.

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What 6 Others have said

  • I've watched Nigella make this several times - even if I've seen an episode of one of her shows, I will always sit and watch again. I finally made it the other day. Oh my goodness.... it is amazingly good! My mozzarella didn't get all melty and gooey, but that might have been due to not cooking long enough - I didn't want it to burn. But, it is divine and a new favorite!

    Posted by lemassey76 on 18th February 2015
  • You can brush the insides of the bread with pizza sauce from a jar and add thinly sliced ham and onions to make a pizza sandwich :)

    Posted by sharonrow on 5th October 2013
  • OMG this is amazing!

    Posted by Annaewf on 6th October 2013
  • I have made this dozens of times since the first time I saw you do it. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you for sharing such a lovely way too quickly indulge in the profound pleasure that is fried crust and melty cheese

    Posted by paultpeden on 9th September 2013
  • I absoluely love this one it's a simple, delicious and quick meal - worth trying. I saw it first on TV years ago, when Nigella said her children loved it. I think it's a perfect one for the whole family :)

    Posted by AnnaMariaB on 13th September 2012
  • Nigella, you are the best!!!! This recipe is just amazing!!!!! My boyfriend loves your version of MOZARELLA IN CARROZZA... Many thanks... !!!! Love you

    Posted by ankitachauhan on 25th July 2011
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