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!