Mention Italian food and the first things that come to mind would be the almighty pasta, pizza (margarita) and/or risotto.
Anything sandwich-ish would likely not cross your mind. Or deep-fried. (that by the way, would belong more to the Dutch centre of excellence).
Enter Mozzarella en Carrozza – an Italian and Southern Italian cuisine made by deep frying mozzarella cheese sandwich. In simple, plain English it is translated as mozzarella in a carriage. Think of it as golden-crusted slices of eggy bread filled with, as the name suggests…mozzarella!
The original ensemble only needs the very basic of ingredients : bread, mozzarella (of course!), eggs, breadcrumbs and oil for deep frying. Easy enough to make your world go round in the sandwich universe.
My bastardised version, however, prefers a little more flavour, a slab of happy and a dash of attitude. By that, I mean:
adding a little more herbs to the flavour…
a dash of exotic cheese to the attitude…
and enhancing a slab of meat to the happy
They could be activated collectively or individually or a combo of any two. Whatever works. Whatever rocks your Carrozza. Whatever you desire. It’s your sandwich. Just be sure to add that all first before you seal its fate prior to deep frying.
They can be made ahead to be frozen. Then whenever you feel like you need a cheesy pick-up in a Carrozza at any time of the day, all you have to do is pop them into the deep-fryer.