Mozarella in carozza (fried cheese sandwiches)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
12 White bread slices
6 slices Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Milk; (approximately)
Flour; for dredging
2 Eggs; lightly beaten
½ cup Olive oil
2 tablespoons Butter
1 small Garlic clove; crushed
2 ounces Anchovies; minced
1 tablespoon Lemon juice; optional

Trim the crusts of the bread. Cut the cheese into pieces slightly smaller than the bread. Place the cheese on 6 slices of the bread.

There should be a margin of no more than ⅛”. Cover with the remaining 6 slices of bread and dip the sandwiches into the milk, dredge them with flour and coat them with beaten egg. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is quite hot, brown the sandwiches in it until golden brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and transfer to a heated platter. Add the butter to the pan and reduce the heat to medium.

Quickly swirl in the garlic, then the anchovies and stir with a wooden spoon for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, blend well and pour the sauce over the fried sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Serves 6.

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