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Mozzarella in Carrozza

Crispy mozzarella sandwich

The carrozza, also referred to as mozzarella in carrozza, is a type of fried cheese sandwich in Southern Italian cuisine. Mozzarella is one of the most famous of southern Italian cheeses. These crisp mini-sandwiches are deep-fried and filled with molten cheese.
Adapted from Saveur Magazine, March 2012

Mozzarella in Carrozza


  • Canola oil, for frying

  • 6 ounces sliced mozzarella (from ovals)

  • 8 slices white sandwich bread

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs


  1. Pour oil to a depth of 2″ in a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°.

  2. Divide mozzarella slices among 4 slices bread; season with salt and pepper, and cover with remaining slices to make 4 sandwiches. Trim crusts; halve sandwiches diagonally.

  3. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in three separate bowls. Dredge sandwiches in flour, coat in eggs, and coat in breadcrumbs; fry in a skillet until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

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