Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza literally means “mozzarella in a carriage”…the carriage is actually fried bread. This is a decadent version of an Italian grilled cheese sandwich. I have modified this recipe, since traditionally, the sandwich is dredged in flour and an egg wash before frying. I serve this warm, with a delicious lemon butter sauce. Enjoy!

6 Slices Italian Bread (or Country White Bread)
Butter (room temperature)
Olive Oil
1 Ball Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced
1 Lemon, Juiced
¼ Cup Butter
3 Tbsp. Parsley, Chopped
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Remove the crusts from the bread. Lightly spread room temperature butter on one side of each bread slice. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add 2 Tbsp. of butter and 2 Tbsp. of olive oil. In batches, place the bread in the sauté pan and turn when the bread has become a golden brown color (approx. 1 minute). Turn the bread over and allow the other side to become golden brown. Remove the bread from the pan. Layer the thinly sliced mozzarella between the bread slices to create a tower (bread, mozzarella, bread, mozzarella, etc…ending with the last bread slice). Place toothpicks through the sandwich if desired. Place the tall sandwich in a 300 degree oven to melt the mozzarella (approx. 5-10 minutes). Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In the same sauté pan, add the juice of 1 lemon and ¼ cup butter. Heat until the butter has melted. Add the chopped parsley and salt/pepper to taste. Place the sandwich on a platter and drizzle the sauce over the sandwich. Serve immediately.