Monday, February 17, 2014

Carmela Soprano's Mozzarella in Carozza / Toasted Mozzarella Sandwiches

A grilled cheese sandwich.
What could be simpler.
You’d think that, wouldn’t you.
Wait till you see what Carmela does to it.

Carmela recipe for Mozzarella in Carozza is in the chapter Small Events for Women Only in Entertaining with the Sopranos.
Carmela uses mozzarella.
No problem there.
Mozzarella is easy to find.
It’s Carmela’s extra touches that make this sandwich formal dinner quality.

There’s a sauce, so don’t serve this to the really small fry. 
There are also anchovy fillets.
Maybe you should serve the sauce on the side.
You’ve been warned.

                        Mozzarella in Carozza 

Serves 4 to 8

In a small saucepan place
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 anchovy fillets, chopped
Heat until the butter melts.
Stir in
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Cover and keep warm.

Pour into a shallow dish
3/4 Cup milk

Spread on a piece of wax paper
1/3 Cup flour 

In another dish beat together
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon water

have on hand:
8 slices white bread, crusts removed
4 ounces mozzarella, cut into 4 slices
Make 4 sandwiches.

Melt over medium heat in a large skillet
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Dip each sandwich lightly on both sides first in the milk, then dip in the flour and finally dip them in the beaten eggs.
Place the sandwiches in the pan and cook 4 minutes, until golden.
Flatten the sandwiches and turn with a pancake turner.
Add to the skillet
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
Cook another 4 minutes, until golden and the cheese is melted.

Cut the sandwiches into quarters on the diagonal.  
Place the quarters, overlapping slightly, on a warm serving platter.  
Top the sandwiches with a lemon anchovy sauce.
Sprinkle with
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Serve immediately.

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