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Fried mozzarella in carrozza is one of those classic Italian appetizers that everyone absolutely loves. It’s essentially a fried mozzarella sandwich, crisp on the outside and melted on the inside.
Yes, I meant utterly delicious gooey mozzarella cheese in every byte!
Allegedly, this old fashion Italian street food is called mozzarella in carrozza, or mozzarella in carriage, because the strands of melted mozzarella resemble the reins of a horse and carriage. : )
And if you love deep fried, rustic comfort food, look no further.
This is essentially the kind of YUMMY food you eat with your hands, licking your fingertips. And this gloriously cheesy treat is perfect for sharing and makes on the best Italian appetizers.
It’s also vegetarian, economical, and super easy to whip up with a few basic ingredients that probably you already have on hand!
Now, if you crave fried mozzarella in carrozza (I do!) just go to your kitchen and give a try to this super simple recipe. I’m on my way! : )
List of the ingredients
- Vegetable oil
- Salt & pepper
How to make fried mozzarella
(Note: this is a quick description, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)
- Slice and pat dry the mozzarella with a paper towel to remove excess water.
- Trim the slices of bread to remove the outer crust, and cut them into triangles.
- Place the mozzarella on top, season, and cover with another slice of bread.
- dip each piece of stuffed bread first into the flour, then into the egg, and finally into the breadcrumbs to coat them completely.
- Fry until golden and crispy, enjoy!
Note: the mozzarella should not hang over the edges of the bread. Cutting the bread triangles first, placing the mozzarella in the centre and gently press the edges “to seal” the mozzarella sandwich, prevents the mozzarella from leaking out while cooking.
Ingredients for fried mozzarella in carrozza
Mozzarella: you have several options here! Traditionally, the recipe uses fresh mozzarella in water such as buffalo mozzarella or fior di latte. However, regular mozzarella in water, leftover mozzarella or even low-moisture mozzarella (the one sealed in plastic without liquid) work as well.
Bread: sandwich bread is great and allows you to obtain more precise shapes, but the recipe works basically with any type of sliced bread, and it’s perfect to use up leftover stale bread.
Flour, eggs, breadcrumbs: for a nice crispy coating.
Fancy more italian appetizers?
I’ve got you covered with these stellar appetizer recipes to enjoy an Italian-style get together with family and friends!
- You might like these quick and easy recipes like caprese skewers, spicy olives, sun dried tomato paste, chickpeas bruschetta, or marinated mozzarella.
- Turn the oven to bake terrific italian focaccia, tomato focaccia, focaccia with olives or crispy breadsticks. Also a delicious gorgonzola pizza, artichoke pizza or caprese pizza will be great for sharing!
- Impress with these scrumptious Italian rice balls.
If you make these marinated mozzarella balls, or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you! x
Mozzarella in carrozza “Fried mozzarella sandwiches”
- 1 (4.4oz/125 grams) fresh mozzarella ball
- 6 slices of bread, crust removed
- ½ cup (60 grams) flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- salt & pepper
- Canola oil or another neutral flavor oil for frying
- Prepare 3 bowls large enough to hold each sandwich.
- Place the flour in the first bowl, the whisked eggs in the second bowl, and the breadcrumbs in the third bowl. Set aside.
- Cut the mozzarella into 6 slices and drain. Spread the slices on paper towels and press to squeeze excess moisture.
- Remove the crust from the slices of bread, cut each slice into halves in order to have 12 triangles.
- Place one mozzarella slice on 6 of the bread triangles, season with salt and pepper.
- Top with the remaining slices and press the sandwich edges so that they stick together well to prevent the mozzarella from leaking once it's in the pan.
- Dredge the sandwich triangles in the flour first, shaking off any excess.
- Next, dip the sandwiches in the egg, making sure that each side is evenly coated and soaks up some of the egg.
- Finally, press the sandwich gently into the breadcrumbs. The sandwiches should be completely sealed with breadcrumbs on all sides. If necessary, dip any open edges in the egg mixture again, and press into the remaining bread crumbs to ensure the mozzarella doesn’t leak out as it fries in the oil.
- Heat approximately 3-inches of oil over medium heat (your pan should be large enough to fry 2 triangles at a time). To check if your oil is nice and hot, drop a small piece of crust into the oil, if it sizzles and floats it's ready.
- Fry each triangle until crisp and golden brown. After the sandwich is golden on both sides, transfer to a paper towel lined plate to allow some of the oil to drain for a few minutes before serving. Season with a sprinkle of salt if desired and enjoy while they're still nice and warm!