When I was growing up, long before there were the knock off mozzarella sticks there was Mozzarella en Carroza. My Dad use to make a version of this with Italian bread and mozzarella, which were so deilsh. I cannot remember how he made his, so I had to rely on making them close to how I imagine he made them. I use slices of bakery white because I think they are lighter than using Italian bread. I also make one batch with deli sliced pepperoni. My kids adore my pepperoni and provolone Paninis, so they request that I make some with pepperoni. They are so delicious.
Fresh mozzarella is key here. It makes this dish more authentic and has a fresher taste. This dish is a regionally served in the Trattorias of Naples, and they only use fresh ingredients.
Give this a try! It is so much better than commercially made mozzarella sticks!!
Mozzarella en Carroza
A Italian classic, that's quick, easy, and so delish!
- Use fresh mozzarella for the best results and make sure to press the sandwiches down firmly to compact, you want them to be encased. The translation in Italian is in a carriage, but I prefer encased. This recipe can be doubled for a crowd, or hungry teens who eat like it’s a crowd!
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- 8 slices of bakery sliced white bread
- 1 ball of fresh mozzarella
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tsp. of dried Italian seasoning
- 2 eggs lightly beaten with a little bit of milk
- deli sliced pepperoni (optional)
- Italian flavored bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup of freshly grated Pecarino Romano Cheese
- Serve your favorite homemade or store bought marinara sauce for dipping
- In a large cast iron skillet or large frying pan, heat about an inch of canola oil, over high heat.
- Slice mozzarella using a sharp knife. It helps to freeze the cheese for about 10 minutes. Thinly slice the cheese. Place the cheese on one slice of bread top with pepperoni if using. Top with another slice of bread. Assemble sandwhices the same way. Cut off crusts. Press down firmly to encase the cheese.
- In one bowl beat eggs with a little bit of milk, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic. In a pie plate add breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Combine. Take cheese sandwiches and dip fully in egg, being sure to cover the entire sandwich, sides and all. Let drip, then dip into breadcrumbs, making sure to let excess fall off. Place sandwiches in skillet, brown well turning once. Slice in half. Immediately place on plate and serve with warmed marinara sauce . Mangia!