Growing up in an Italian family means that I had the privilege of eating delicious things like mozzarella en carrozza. It never occurred to me that others didn’t know what it was and had never had it’s cheesy goodness.
This sandwich, whose name translates to “mozzarella in a carriage,” is a bit like an Italian grilled cheese combined with savory french toast. The outside gets perfectly crispy and the inside melts to perfection. My favorite part as a child was taking a bite and seeing how long the cheesy strands would stretch before they broke. For whatever reason, I always ate this for breakfast growing up. Traditionally it’s actually deep fried and served as an appetizer. Whenever you choose to eat it, it’s delicious. Try pairing it with some tomato basil soup or marinara for dipping. I like to eat it by itself, because why mess with a good thing?
By the way, today’s title is an ode to my mom who is obsessed with everyone pronouncing Italian words correctly, “like Giada.”
mozzarella en carrozza
makes 1 sandwich
1 tablespoon milk
2 slices of your favorite bread
thin slices of fresh mozzarella, enough to cover the bread in a thin layer
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
In a shallow bowl, combine the egg and milk and mix with a fork until well combined. Place the cheese between the two slices of bread and carefully dip the sandwich into the egg mixture, making sure that both sides are coated. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-low. Fry the sandwich in the pan for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.