Mozzarella en Carozza sounds very fancy-shmancy. It translates to” mozzarella in carriage.” What’s carrying the mozzarella you ask? Golden brown, battered & fried bread! So, mozzarella en carozza is a sophisticated name for a not-so-sophisticated sandwich. Fancy that!
Fried foods may not be the classiest eats on the planet, but holy cannoli, are they delicious! I have such a weakness for anything fried. It’s like it’s got a hold on my heart; the sound of a fryer makes me melt like a 13 year-old at a One Direction concert. You know what else I melt for? Grilled cheese. And grilled cheese melts for me too…literally. So obviously, a fried grilled cheese is perfection in my book.
I do think classic Mozzarella en Carozza is missing something though. Essentially, it’s a giant mozzarella stick, like mozzarella stick-meets-sandwich. And what are mozzarella sticks always served with? Marinara sauce! So you can bet your little butt that I stuffed these sammies with sweet & zesty marinara sauce. This rounded out the sandwiches beautifully, rendering them truly perfect.
The acidity of the marinara sauce balances out all the wonderful cheese and bread. When you bite through the crispy, golden brown battered exterior, you hit the fluffy interior, then move on to a sea of ooey-gooey cheese, reminiscent of something you’ve seen only in your dreams. Then you get that marinara, and your eating experience comes full-circle. It’s such indulgent, cheesy bliss. So guilt-inducing, but so worth it. You’ll feel like a sinner, but you will love every bite of it.
If you love grilled cheese, then you’ll really love its battered & fried cousin. Fry one up tonight!A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- You can serve the marinara on the side for dipping if you prefer.
- Add pepperoni for a pizza experience!
- A softer bread is recommended.
- Stuff with spinach for a vegetarian twist.
Marinara Mozzarella en Carozza
By The Smart Cookie Cook
Yield: 4 sandwiches
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 2 egg
- 8 slices Italian bread (about 1/2 inch thick)
- 2 cups marinara sauce (I used store-bought)
- 1 lb. (16-oz.) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- vegetable oil, for frying
- Pour the oil into a large, deep skillet until it’s 1/2-inch deep. Bring to high medium-heat.
- Meanwhile, assemble the sandwiches: Spread desired amount of marinara sauce onto a slice of bread. Lay a few slices of mozzarella down on top of the sauce then top with another slice of bread.
- Put the flour, salt, and pepper, in a large bowl and mix to combine. Pour the milk into another bowl and whisk in eggs. Take a sandwich and carefully dredge one side in the flour. Flip and coat the other side. Then dip both sides of the sandwich into the egg-milk mixture.
- Before cooking the sandwiches, make sure you oil is hot enough: place a small hunk of bread in the oil. If it sizzles, you’re ready to go. Place one or two sandwiches in the pan and fry until the bottom is golden brown. Flip and fry the other side until golden brown and cheese is melted and oozing.
- Remove finished sandwiches form pan and place on a tray lined with paper towels to soak up extra oil. If you’d like to keep finished sandwiches warm while you cook the remaining sandwiches, place them on a baking sheet and stick in an oven at 200 degrees F. Slice and enjoy!