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

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

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"!


  1. Looks fingerlicking!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. "Look away cholesterol police"! I like that! I can't believe I've never tried this, I remember her doing it on Nigella Bites years and years ago.

    Sorry it's taken me a few days to visit, have been very poorly the past few days and I'm just catching up with everyone now. Thanks for joining in with Forever Nigella 3. Ciao!

  3. That's lunch for my teens (on Easter hols) sorted. Like the idea of chilli flakes as a foil for the mozzarella.

  4. Hi Sally! Chilli flakes are good, we had this again a few days ago - hope you like it!


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