Mozzarella in Carozza

Mozzarella in Carozza (moht-zah-rell-ah in kah-roht-zah), literally ”mozzarella in a carriage’, is a simple dish of fried cheese sandwiches from Southern Italy. It makes a tasty supper or snack which may be served with a light vegetable or salad.

1 lb. Mozzarella cheese, cut into j-inch slices

26 small thin slices white bread, crusts removed

4 eggs

6 fl. oz. milk

4 oz. seasoned flour, made with

4 oz. flour,

1 teaspoon salt and -½ teaspoon black pepper sufficient vegetable oil for deep-frying

Place a slice of cheese on one of the bread slices and cover with a second slice of bread. Continue making sandwiches in this way until all the bread and cheese have been used up.

In a large dish, beat the eggs and milk together with a fork. Lay the cheese sandwiches in the egg mixture and leave to soak for 20 minutes, basting frequently, or until all the egg mixture has been absorbed. Remove the sandwiches from the dish and pinch the edges of the bread together to completely enclose the cheese.

Place the seasoned flour on a plate. Dip the sandwiches in the flour, one by one, thoroughly coating them on both sides.

Shake off any excess flour and set aside.

Fill a large deep-frying pan one-third full of vegetable oil. Place the pan over moderately high heat and heat the oil until it reaches 375 °F on a deep-fat thermometer, or until a small cube of stale bread dropped into the oil turns golden in 40 seconds.

Carefully drop the sandwiches into the oil, a few at a time, and fry for 1 minute or until they are pale brown and crisp.

With a slotted spoon, remove the sand-wiches from the pan and drain them on kitchen paper towels. Keep warm while you fry the remaining sandwiches in the same way.

Serve hot.