Antipasti and Light Bites

Mozzarella in Carrozza (Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches)

September 10, 2020 by Emily

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure.

Mozzarella in Carrozza – Italian fried mozzarella sandwiches made with a creamy and oozy mozzarella centre and a crispy and delicious fried bread outside. A totally indulgent and comforting treat you’ll be making again and again!

Three fried mozzarella sandwiches stacked on top of each other

Mozzarella in Carrozza literally translates as ‘mozzarella in a carriage’. The carriage is made with white bread dipped in flour then an egg and milk mixture before being fried so it’s crispy and delicious. It’s a super-indulgent grilled cheese and it’s every bit as delicious as it sounds!

This is a popular snack eaten all over Italy and it’s both super easy to make and budget-friendly, all you need is a few simple pantry ingredients.

I like to serve this on a lazy weekend afternoon when I want something a little extra special but I also LOVE to make it for “dinner” with a glass of red wine. After a long day, it’s the perfect comfort food meal!

Ingredients – what you need

This recipe is made with basic ingredients; white bread (crusts removed), fresh mozzarella cheese, eggs, milk, flour, sunflower oil. See the photo below that shows all the ingredients you need!

An overhead shot of the ingredients you need to make mozzarella in carrozza

How to make Mozzarella in Carrozza – step by step

First, cut the crusts from the bread and discard (photo 1).

Cut the mozzarella into slices (medium thickness, not too thin) and add them to one slice of bread. Cover the top of the mozzarella with another slice of bread to make a sandwich and cut diagonally into triangles (photos 2 & 3).

Step by step photos showing how to prepare fried mozzarella sandwiches

Dust each triangle in flour making sure to cover the edges well (photo 4).

Whisk the milk and eggs together in a bowl then dip the triangles into the mixture quickly but making sure all edges are covered (photo 5).

Fry in sunflower oil for a couple seconds each side until browned and crispy, drain for a few seconds on kitchen paper then serve (photos 6-8).

Step by step photos showing how to fry mozzarella in carrozza sandwiches

Top tips and recipe FAQs

  • Frying – make sure your oil is nice and hot before frying. To test it, drop a small piece of crust into the oil, if it sizzles and floats it’s ready.
  • Draining – because these mozzarella sandwiches are fried it’s best to let them drain on kitchen paper for a few minutes before serving. It also lets them cool down, they’ll be super hot after frying.
  • Variations – if you want to jazz up your Mozzarella in Carrozza, salted anchovies, prosciutto, grilled vegetables or sun-dried tomatoes are delicious variations but this is super versatile and you can add whatever you like!
Do I need to use oil for frying?

You’ll get the best results from using oil. It’ll give you a super crispy outside and an extra creamy and melted cheesy middle. You can use butter but it’ll take much longer to fry and you won’t quite get the same texture.

A close up of a fried mozzarella sandwich broken open with cheese oozing and stretching

More Italian snacks you might like

If you’ve tried this Mozzarella in Carrozza or any other recipe on the blog then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you! You can also FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST to see more delicious food and what I’m getting up to.

This post was first published on 19th September 2017 but has since been updated.

Step By Step Photos AboveMost of our recipes come with step by step photos, helpful tips and tricks to make it perfectly first time and even video!
A close up image of fried mozzarela sandwiches
Print Pin
5 from 2 votes

Mozzarella in Carrozza (fried mozzarella sandwiches)

Mozzarella in Carrozza – Italian fried mozzarella sandwiches made with creamy and oozy mozzarella centre with a crispy and delicious fried bread outside. A totally indulgent and comforting treat you'll be making again and again!
Course Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 465kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 4 slices white bread , crusts removed
  • 1 ball mozzarella (4.2 oz/120g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk (150ml)
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • sunflower oil , for frying
  • salt and pepper , to season

Instructions

  • Add the eggs and milk to a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk together. Add the flour on a separate plate and set them both aside.
  • Cut the mozzarella into slices, medium thickness. Divide the mozzarella slices between two slices of crustless bread. Make sure no mozzarella is outside the edges of the bread.
  • Cover each slice of bread topped with mozzarella with another slice of bread to create a sandwich. Cut each sandwich diagonally to make triangles.
  • Add enough sunflower oil to a pan so it's 1/4 inch deep. Dip each triangle in flour making sure to cover all edges. One by one dip each triangle in egg quickly again making sure to cover all edges.
  • Place each egg dipped triangle in the oil and fry the sandwiches in batches until browned and crispy on each side.

Notes

  • Frying – make sure your oil is nice and hot before frying. To test it, drop a small piece of crust into the oil, if it sizzles and floats it’s ready.
  • Draining – because these mozzarella sandwiches are fried it’s best to let them drain on kitchen paper for a few minutes before serving. It also lets them cool down, they’ll be super hot after frying.
  • Variations – if you want to jazz up your Mozzarella in Carrozza, salted anchovies, prosciutto, grilled vegetables or sun-dried tomatoes are delicious variations but this is super versatile and you can add whatever you like!

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 3mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan (convection) oven
  • Find out more about how nutrition is calculated here
  • Check out our must have Italian Pantry Staples here
  • You can also find all our Essential Kitchen Tools for Italian Cooking here
Did you try this recipe?Mention @insidetherustickitchen or tag #insidetherustickitchen! We’d love you see what you’re getting up to in the kitchen!

Newsletter

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Karly
    September 20, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Can I get a heck yes!? I just finished dinner, but somehow I’m already hungry just from looking at this. I think I’m in love!

  • Reply
    Christine
    September 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Simple comfort food. This is fabulous! Gives new meaning to grilled cheese sandwich. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa
    September 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I’m trying to decide if this is a savory recipe or dessert. 😉 So gooey and decadent. It looks amazing!5 stars

  • Reply
    Linda
    September 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Your pictures are mouth watering! I love mozzarella in carrozza and yours looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Reply
    maria
    September 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    give me a bowl of marinara sauce and I am all over this. wow yummy

  • Reply
    Syama
    September 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Wow! What can I say , “Simply yum !”. That gooey melted cheese is a definite winner .5 stars

  • Leave a Reply

    Recipe Rating




    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
    shares