Friday, January 9, 2009

Mozzarella in carrozza

Mozzarella in carrozza

Saturday is my favorite day of the week and one thing I love doing is watching some of Nigella’s shows. They are basically reruns and I have already seen many episodes, but that’s fine – it’s a joy to see her cook, even though I’m not always crazy about the dishes she prepares. :)

One can certainly turn to Nigella when looking for delicious food that can be made in almost no time. And that’s what I did, right after watching one episode of her Christmas series – I was hungry but the couch kept calling out my name. :D

If that doesn’t inspire lazy people to cook, I don’t know what will.

Mozzarella in carrozza

Mozzarella in carrozza
from Nigella Bites

6 slices white bread, crusts removed
1 fist-sized ball mozzarella, cut into approximately ¼-inch (0.6cm) slices, then strips – I used buffalo mozzarella with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup (120ml) whole milk
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 egg
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup (120ml) olive oil (not extra-virgin), for frying – I used much less

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 easily smushed together.)
Pour the milk in to 1 soup bowl*, the flour into another, and beat the egg with salt and pepper in another.
Warm the oil in the frying pan over medium heat. Dunk the sandwiches briefly, 1 by 1, in the milk, then dredge in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg. Fry in hot oil on each side until crisp and golden and remove to a paper towel. Cut in half and serve.

* I found it easier to work with shallow plates

Serves 2


Snooky doodle said...

yhis looks delicious. I d like to try it :) I love Nigella cannot see her shows :(

Meeta K. Wolff said...

ooohh! this is lovely! oozing cheese always makes me drool!

Katie said...

Fried Bread and Cheese you can't go wrong! This looks amazing!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Oh! I think I've gone to fried bread and cheese heaven! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

No matter what you call it, grilled cheese is the most comforting food on earth!

Dragon said...

This is seriously addictive. Whenever I get a free Saturday, I love to spend it watching cooking shows too.

Anonymous said...

Ah, motivation! I wish I had a piece of this right now. Sounds delicious. Love grilled cheese...

Kathleen Bade said...

I'm salivating over this one.

Anonymous said...

OH my GAWD. I want this. For breakfast. Right now.

Sri said...

Oh wow! This looks absolutely delicious.

Marysol said...

Ok, I'm a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, but this version kicks buffalo butt.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

This looks like ultimate comfort food, Patricia! I could also see adding some arugula or fresh basil to the sandwich before frying it.

pam said...

Absolutely beautiful grilled cheese!

Lisa Smiley said...

OMG! this looks wonderfully decadent! Thanks for the incredible photograph and for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic comfort food Patricia! And just the order for a lazy, languid Saturday :)

Peabody said...

It inspires this lazy girl to cook. Cheese, cheese, cheese.

Anonymous said...

Bye! i live in italy,modena. i've already seen a program on italan tv about your city:is very big and beautiful. my dream is to came in brasil! your blog is very very beautiful. bye bye,anna maria

Kana said...

Lots of cheese and an inviting couch sounds wonderful!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Natalie, there are some episodes on youtube! :D

Meeta, oozing cheese rules! :D

Katie, thank you, darling!

Pete, I agree! :D

Lydia, I think you are right, sweetie!

Dragon, cooking shows are addictive, indeed. :D

Kelly, thank you!

Kathleen, tks for stopping by!

Niki, I want it again, too. :D

Sri, tks for visiting!

Marysol, grilled cheese is the best. :D

Terry, I prefer it simple, actually. I think the cheese here is so good it should shine alone.

Pam, thank you!

Lisa, thank YOU for your kind words!

Lorraine, very lazy, indeed. :D

Pea, cheese is THE word. ;D

Anna Maria, ciao! :D
Thank you for your kind words, I hope you do come to Brazil one day.
I was in Italy in 2007 and fell in love with Rome!

Maya, isn't it a great combo?? :D

Emily Rose said...

This sounds so good! I'm pregnant and when something appeals to me I seriously cannot stop thinking about it until I make it- I think this might be my dinner tonight!!

Bakerella said...

Two of my favorite things. It looks so good.

Zurynee said...

ooo .. this looks delicious !!

eatme_delicious said...

Agh drool does this ever sound and look good!!

Manggy said...

Patricia, this brings back so many memories of my favorite post-stress meal back in medical school! Soo delicious! :)

mc said...

It look so great and delicious!!

Helene said...

When I saw this on your flickr stream I knew I had to make it! I did and had tomato soup on the side...heaven!

Helene said...

When I saw this on your flickr stream I knew I had to make it! I did and had tomato soup on the side...heaven!

Fenny said...

Is this sort of an Italian version of French toast? Looks yummy.

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