Thursday, 10 March 2011

Forever Nigella #3 - Ciao Italia! - Mozzarella in Carozza

You want Italian comfort food? I'll give you Italian. How about stringy, milky mozzarella encased in soft but crisp eggy bread? Yum.

This is my entry to this month's Forever Nigella blogging event - Ciao Italia. It's Mozzarella in Carozza and it's in the book Nigella Bites on page 57. This is a long-time favourite of mine, and something I cook when I want a super quick and easy snack. Look away now, cholesterol police, for this contains slices of mozzarella, is dipped in egg and then fried. But hey - it's a treat - and we all know that's what Nigella does best!



The "carozza" in the title means "carriage" and this is definitely one to be tried. A couple of tips/ideas if you do go ahead and make yourself one of these: 
  • Nigella actually makes the point in the recipe that you need the slightest dip of the mozzarella sandwich into the milk. I was a bit heavy handed the first time I made this and ended up trying to rescue soggy bits of disintegrating bread from the milk dish!
  • I love this with a pinch of chilli flakes inside the sandwich - their spicy heat works so well with the bland, milky mozzarella. I don't see why you couldn't try some green or red pesto or as Nigella suggests, some pasta sauce or chopped fresh chilli.
  • Having made this a good few times, and some mistakes along the way, I would totally recommend not over-filling the sandwich before dunking and frying or your "carozza" could have a tendency to leak. And as this takes just a few minutes to cook in the pan, don't slice the mozzarella too thick or it won't be melted in the middle!
  • Kids love it too - especially with ketchup!
And then all that's left is to oblige with Nigella's famous command: "cut in half and apply to face"!