Mozzarella in Carrozza with Prosciutto Cotto
Melted mozzarella highlights this fried Italian ham and cheese sandwich.
- 8 slices good-quality white sandwich bread
- 8 slices (about 3/4 pound) fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), each 1/4-1/2 inch thick
- 4 slices prosciutto cotto or other mild cooked ham
- 1/2 cup flour, for dredging
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (a generous handful)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for frying
Trim the bread crusts and assemble the sandwiches: 1 bread slice, 1 mozzarella slice, 1 ham slice (folded to fit inside the edges of the bread), then another mozzarella slice and bread slice. Pinch the sandwich edges to seal.
In a shallow bowl, season the flour with the granulated garlic and onion.
In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the cheese, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat a shallow layer of EVOO, 3-4 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Dredge the sandwiches in the flour mixture, then coat in the egg batter. Fry two at a time, turning occasionally, until deeply golden, 6-7 minutes (add more oil for second batch, if necessary). Cut diagonally and serve.