Mozzarella in Carrozza {Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches}

 

Saying this is just a grilled ham and cheese doesn’t do it justice at all. Yes, it has cheese {ah-mazing ooey gooey fresh mozzarella cheese} and yes it has ham {glorious prosciutto} and yes there’s bread. But the magic is in the preparation and in the ingredients themselves. I had forgotten how much I loved these simple little treats. They’re perfect for lunch or a quick snack in between meals. We start out by removing  the crusts from the bread {seems much more elegant that way, no? LOL} and then a layer of bechamel is spread on. Nice, eh? Then you add a layer of prosciutto and basil leaf and a mozzarella slice that is equal to the thickness of the bread for extreme cheesy goodness. Can you almost taste it? Grill it like that would be quite a tasty sandwich but we’re not stopping there.

We’re going to dip the sandwiches in a rich egg bath and THEN fry them to golden perfection. It might just be the perfect sandwich. They’re quick, easy, and oh so delicious. And the filling possibilities, oh me oh my! You could JUST do mozzarella. Simple perfection. You could swap out the bechamel for some pesto for a sweet saucy basil taste.

I’ve even seen them dipped in breadcrumbs as well which makes them super crispy on the outside. Whatever way you decide  to do them, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s no ordinary ham & cheese ; )

Baci!


Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

What You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk - room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 slices of soft white sandwich bread - crusts removed
  • 2 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • canola/vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • pinch of salt

What To Do:

  1. Start by preparing the bechamel sauce. Melt the butter into sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted add the flour and whisk together. Allow flour and butter mixture to cook for a few minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and slowly whisk in the milk, the nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. To assemble sandwiches: Place a light layer of bechamel sauce onto the tops of each bread piece. To one side add a slice of prosciutto, a basil leaf and then top with mozzarella and the other piece of bread. GENTLY press down to compact sandwiches. Set aside.
  3. Into a small shallow bowl, large enough to dip the sandwiches, gently whisk the eggs, flour, milk and salt. Set aside.
  4. Into a small pan add a few tablespoons of oil and heat over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, shake off excess and then place into hot pan. Cook until golden and crispy on each side, turning as necessary. Transfer sandwiches to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil.
http://www.bellalimento.com/2010/08/23/mozzarella-in-carrozza-fried-mozzarella-sandwiches/

 

33 Comments

  1. 1

    Ok. I NEED this for lunch. I think you should come make me one. :)

  2. 2

    holy.cow. you have one my heart with this one!

  3. 3

    Oh my, Paula! This is simplicity at its best. You simply can’t beat a gooey grilled cheese sandwich, filled with the best-quality ingredients.

  4. 4

    I love these sandwiches! Now I know how to make them at home! Sounds like lunch to me. YUM

  5. 5

    I love mozzarella in carrozza! Yours look fantastic! perfect with salad :) Definitely not just grilled cheese and ham!

  6. 6

    These look simple, but absolutely amazing!

  7. 7

    Yummy, looks good!

  8. 8

    Love the new site design! Oh and the sandwich too. Anything with gooey cheese gets my vote. :-)

  9. 9

    This looks fantastic. Ham and cheese will never be the same again. Your photos are very good as well.

  10. 10

    Oh.my.lands! This looks amazing! Can I come over for lunch? :)

  11. 11

    That looks unbelievably delicious! I would so eat one of those right now! Love the prosciutto/mozzarella combo!

  12. 12

    Now you’re making me hungry–and I just got back from lunch! I make mine a little different (anchovy sauce, no ham) but these looks scrumptious…

  13. 13

    Oh. my. goodness. Bechamel sauce too? This sandwich looks truly incredible.

  14. 14

    I love this! I never made it on my own but I think it looks sooo good and easy. I am going to try that very, very soon!

  15. 15

    omg this looks sensational!

  16. 16

    I have some bread. That’s about it to make this. I guess I’m going to the store before lunch tomorrow :)

  17. 17

    Oh what a delightfully decadent sandwich. I would love to sink my teeth into that.

  18. 18

    Wow! Looks yummy! I’d totally do mine with the pesto!

  19. 19

    this is totally pron. cruel, really. (delicious, i mean.)

  20. 20

    Oh my, bread, ham and cheese. WHo need anything else (=

  21. 21

    Hell yes to the cheese lovers. YUM!

  22. 22

    Sheer heaven!

  23. 23

    Grilled cheese? Don’t call me late for dinner! Delicious flavor combinations. I want one right now!

  24. 24

    Wow. I made Mozz and prosciutto and basil paninis just the other night… wish I saw this before. Looks amazing. New to your site and am a new fan!

  25. 26

    paula…i hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but you are EEEEEVVVVVVVVIIIIIIILLLLLLLL!!! This just looks too good to pass up. Cheese hates me & will wreak its revenge upon me. But for this…it would probably be worth it…

  26. 27
    Crystal /

    Oh my stars. That’s amazing. I must make this. I simply must.

  27. 28

    Holy friggen cow. You’ve taken the grilled cheese sandwich to a level that is absolutely beyond sinful. Of course, I’ll be making it right away. Geeez, thanks!

  28. 29

    This is so simple but I am sure it’s so delicious. I’ll be sure to make this for my boyfriend as I know he’d love it.

  29. 30

    You have an amazing ability to take a seemingly ordinary dish and make it sound and look absolutely divine! I never knew I would be craving a “cheese sandwich” so much!

  30. 31

    yummy ;-)
    You make such beautiful food, Paula.

  31. 32

    This makes my old grilled cheese sandwich look so sad. Next time, I’m doing it your way, baby!

  32. 33

    Oh my gosh, this look delicious! And so beautiful! Your photographs are gorgeous.
    I’ve recently launched my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think :) http://www.prettygoodfood.com
    Thanks, and Happy Cooking!!!

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