Another Nigella recipe, I tried this years ago and it just didn’t turn out right but with a couple of tweaks this time it turned out really well but it’s pretty filling so just a warning, don’t go overboard – I made about 8 for two us, that was too many.
The best thing about this recipe is it’s super easy but it’s also super messy so prepare yourself, there will be flour and breadcrumbs EVERYWHERE! First of all you need an even number of sliced bread with the crusts cut off, essentially you’re making fried cheese sandwiches with a twist. Put a little mozzarella between two slices with space around the outside to pinch the edges and stop the cheese melting out in the pan – which FYI it doesn’t really do as my edges weren’t sealed well so don’t worry too much about it.
Next comes the messy bit, you need three bowls (something larger and more shallow would be better than what I used) one with milk, one with plain flour and one with eggs beaten with your chosen seasoning. Now this is where I went wrong the first time, in my opinion it needs a lot of salt and pepper to save it from being super bland as mozzarella doesn’t have much in the way of flavour and your sandwiching it between two slices of white bread so .. it’s gonna be a bit dull. If you’ve got any great idea for other spices etc to use at this point I’m all ears but I kept it simple.
You have a three step dunk to do now, first the milk, then the flour, then eggs.. just a tip.. you can go to town with the milk and the flour but overdo it on the egg and it’s a bit like a bready cheese omelette (I would say an eggy bread sandwich but I’m not sure how widely used the term ‘eggy bread’ is – comments on the subject are welcome) so that’s the only thing I’d be cautious of at this stage. Another note is it can be difficult to get the flour on there so I took to sprinkling it on my hand rather than relying on it coating itself. From there you toss it in the frying pan (where you’ve already heated your oil) and do about 2 minutes on each side.
There are not hard and fast rules here when it comes to measurements but for me it’s the ultimate comfort food. You could eat it as a snack or as part of your main meal, I served it with a marinara sauce – it was delicious!
Apparently Carrozza means ‘carriage’ so it’s basically a vessel in which to eat the cheese – interesting fact (or not, whatever)