Mozzarella in Carrozza is a classic Italian cheese sandwich made with a slice of mozzarella between 2 slices of bread, dipped into flour and egg and quickly fried. There’s something irresistible about the golden-brown, crispy bread with melted cheese sandwiched in between. It’s Italian street food at its best!
This is a classic cheese sandwich that originated from Naples, Italy.
Growing up, our mom made these mozzarella in carrozza often, it was her Italian version of the American grilled cheese sandwiches.
It’s not often we get to make these, but when we do it’s a real treat in our house. I was craving them the other day, and decided to only make one sandwich, and cut it into 4 mini cheese sandwiches just like our mom did.
Crispy fried bread on the outside with gooey-melted mozzarella on the inside, it’s so tasty and so delicious with every bite! Once you try them, you’ll wonder why you didn’t hear about these sandwiches sooner.
Mozzarella in carrozza brings back wonderful memories for us. My husband and I can remember traveling through Naples, Italy and couldn’t help notice, that “mozzarella in carrozza” appeared on every menu in practically every restaurant. And still today, it’s a staple appetizer dish in many restaurants throughout the city of Naples.
What does Mozzarella in Carrozza mean?
In carrozza means “in the carriage.” Back in the day in Italy, they would serve mozzarella sandwiches in paper baskets (in carrozza), and these paper baskets looked like a little baby carriage, and from that, the name stuck!
Mozzarella in Carrozza happens to be one of those Italian ideas born in Naples from the simplest ingredients, and have a huge impact on flavor with every bite. So yummy and so good, they’re addicting!
Your family will enjoy these simple cheese sandwiches!
Whether you make them mini sizes or larger – or cut into half-size portions. From kids to adults, when frying these mini mozzarella sandwiches in the kitchen, the delicious aroma will fill your home, calling everyone to the table!
Mozzarella in Carrozza
Author: Anna and Liz
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2 to 4
Mozzarella in Carrozza ~ is a classic Italian cheese sandwich made with a slice of mozzarella between 2 slices of bread, dipped into flour and egg and quickly fried. Classic Italian street food at its best!
- 2 slices of white bread, or Gluten-Free white bread
- 1 package of mozzarella cheese
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 Tbsp. of half and half or milk
- pinch of salt and pepper
- ¼ cup of all purpose flour
- olive oil, for frying
- Grab a small bowl and beat 1 egg, add 1 tablespoon of half and half (or milk) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside. In a second small bowl add the flour.
- Cut the bread into quarters. Slice 4 pieces of the mozzarella (about ¼-inch thick) and place each slice into each quarter of the bread.
- In a small frying pan, add about ¼-inch olive oil. Preheat on medium-low heat.
- When oil is hot, dip each mini sandwich into the flour and dredge all sides. Then dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, coating all sides. Add it to the hot oil and lightly fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side, turning them over once, or until the mozzarella is melted. Drain on paper towels. Optional: Sprinkle with some fresh cracked pepper on top. Serve warm.
- Yields: 4 mini mozzarella in carrozza
Cooks notes: You if plan to double the recipe, you will need to add one egg for every 2 slices of bread. Plus, you can make them into normal size sandwiches and cut them in half. The mini sizes are wonderful to serve as a quick appetizer while the family is waiting for dinner. And, they reheat in the oven, perfectly.
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