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A MARIO BATALI RECIPE

Mozzarella in Carozza

Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches


Ingredients

Serves 4 people

1 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella, cut into 4 equal pieces about 3- by 4-inches

Eight (½-inch-thick) slices firm white sandwich bread

2 large eggs

½ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1 teaspoon salt

A grating of nutmeg

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

Place the mozzarella on 4 slices of bread. Cover with the 4 remaining slices to form sandwiches. Trim the crusts off to form perfect 4-inch squares.

 

In a wide shallow bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the cream, thyme leaves, salt, and nutmeg and whisk until well blended.

 

In a 10- to 12-inch nonstick sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat until smoking. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and cook until the sizzling subsides. Dip 2 of the sandwiches into the egg mixture, place in the pan, turning to coat and cook until golden brown on the first side, about 2 minutes. Flip over and brown on the other side. Transfer the sandwiches to individual plates and repeat the process with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, and 2 sandwiches.

 

Cut in half and serve immediately.

 

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