Mozzarella in carrozza is basically an Italian grilled cheese, or the Italian version of a croque monsieur without the ham. There are different variations on it, and it doesn’t usually have tomatoes but I like a little freshness in my sandwich. The cheese makes gooey, delicious strings as you bite into it, and the marinara dipping sauce gives the right zesty topping.
Mozzarella in Carrozza
2 slices of your favorite bread (traditionally, it’s plain white bread with the crust sliced off)
2 slices of fresh mozzarella 1/2 inch thick
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup marinara sauce (homemade or your favorite bottled kind)
2 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers (bottled, or roast a red pepper until soft and then peel off the skin)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Layer the mozzarella and tomatoes on the bread and cover with the other slice. Carefully flour both sides of the sandwich and then dip in the egg mixture. Fry in a little butter or olive oil, making sure the side that’s down gets nicely browned and crisp before flipping. Once the outside is crispy and browned and the mozzarella has gotten weepy, it’s ready.
Meanwhile, combine the marinara, peppers, and red pepper flakes over low heat to warm through. Pour into dipping container and serve with the sandwich.