Muzzi in Caruzzi


from ButterYum
makes 2 sandwiches

4 slices good quality crusty bread, sliced thin
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
olive oil and butter for frying
optional garnishes such as basil, tomatoes, pesto, etc

Here are Paulie's directions:
When you’re cutting your slices of bread, try to cut them thinner.  The thinner they are, the crunchier and less-soggy they’ll turn out.

Crack your eggs and beat well while you heat a non-stick pan on med-high heat. When hot, add enough olive oil to barely cover the bottom of the pan. Working in single batches, dip each slice into the egg batter briefly, as making french toast, and add to the oil.

Fry each slice on one side for 1 minute or until golden brown. Flip one slice over, top with a slice of fresh mozzarella, then flip the other slice and top the mozzarella leaving the uncooked side out. Fry as a sandwich on each side for an additional minute or until golden brown.

My notes - I prefer to add a pat of butter to the oil in my cast iron frying pan.  I also like to lightly sprinkle the egg-dipped bread and fresh mozzarella with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper.  I made a version of this sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes and basil inside, but in the end preferred just cheese inside and topped the finished sandwich with a couple leaves of fresh basil.  Yummo!!

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