Italian Grilled Cheese

This mouthwatering fried cheese sandwich has an irresistible ooey goey mozzarella centre. It's a classic Italian sandwich called Mozzarella en Carozza which means "mozzarella in a carriage".


INGREDIENTS

9 ounces fresh mozzarella
8 slices of white sandwich bread or egg bread, crusts removed
2 tbsp. to 3 tbsp. sundried tomato spread
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Flour, for coating the sandwich
Olive oil, for frying
8 cups mixed greens, for salad
Extra virgin olive oil, for salad
Balsamic vinegar, for salad


PREPARATION

Cut the mozzarella into 4 slices.

Add sundried tomato spread on 4 slices of bread, don’t spread all the way to the edges, leave about a 1/4 inch border.

Assemble sandwiches with 1 slice of bread, 1 slice of mozzarella and 1 slice of bread with sundried tomato spread.

Press down on the sandwich with your hands, sealing the edges of the bread together.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and the milk, salt and pepper. Dredge each sandwich in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture.

Pour enough oil to come at least 1/2-inch up the sides of a heavy bottomed fry pan. Heat oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, fry the sandwiches until they are golden brown on both sides, and cheese melts, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. If needed, pop sandwiches in a 400 degree F. oven to melt the cheese thoroughly.

Serve the sandwich with a mixed greens, dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper.



Yield: 4 servings.