Mozzarella en carrozza recipe

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The ultimate cheese toastie, the name of this snack literally translates as mozzarella ‘in carriage’ as the bread forms a crisp vehicle for the hot, stringy cheese. Served with a rich tomato and pepper sauce, these gooey sandwiches are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and take just 20 minutes to prepare. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 504 calories / serving

Ingredients

  • 25g butter, softened
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 250g mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 slices ham (optional)
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 pointed red peppers, cut into small chunks
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp chopped rosemary

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    2105kj
    504kcal
    25%
  • Fat

    31g 44%
  • Saturates

    14g 70%
  • Sugars

    7g 7%
  • Salt

    1.8g 31%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 37.6g Protein 21.8g Fibre 3.2g

Method

  1. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a pan. Add the peppers and cook for 10 mins, then stir in the tomatoes, garlic and rosemary. Simmer for 5 mins more; season to taste.
  2. Butter the bread, then divide the mozzarella, ham (if using) and basil between 4 slices. Top with the remaining bread.
  3. Heat enough oil to cover the base of a large frying pan. Ina bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk. Dip 2 sandwiches in the beaten egg, turning to cover, and then fry for 1-2 mins on each side, until golden. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Serve with the sauce.

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