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Mozzarella in Carrozza (Fried Cheese) Recipe

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This classic Italian dish gave rise to fried mozzarella. Bread slices are pressed around mozzarella cheese, floured, dipped in egg, then deep-fried.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 fist-sized ball mozzarella, cut into approximately 1/4-inch slices, then strips
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil (not extra-virgin) for frying

Preparation:

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 soft white bread is that it is easily smushed together.) Pour the milk into one soup bowl, the flour into another, and beat the egg with salt and pepper in another. Warm the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. 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 golden and remove to a paper towel. Cut in half and apply to face.

Yield: 2 servings

Source: Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson (Hyperion)
Reprinted with permission.

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