Mozzarella in Carozzoa with Parma Ham is my meatier take on Nigella Lawson’s vegetarian recipe from her fab Nigella Bites book. I love to whip it up for a cheeky late night snack or for a quick lunch with a little salad.
This recipe, like a vast swathe of my repertoire, is adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe many years ago – primarily with the addition of meat! It is basically a mozzarella and ham filled eggy bread sandwich. Crispy on the outside and soft (even slightly soggy but in a good way) on the inside.
Now I know that this is not a healthy recipe! Like with my Triple Decker, counting the calories is not advised nor is using anything other than cheap white sliced bread – save the sourdough for another time. You need the bread to squidge together for the whole thing not to totally fall apart on you. I’d also recommend the kind of mozzarella that comes quite dry in a block for slicing rather than the balls sitting in liquid or the slightly soggy interior may well become too much.
I try to always keep a pack or two of parma or serrano ham in the fridge for snacking emergencies. It lasts for ages and so will sit there for when needed. I also tend to keep slices of mozzarella in the freezer for the same purpose. I defrost them on kitchen roll to soak up the excess moisture. Strangely for most households, the bread is this ingredient that I have to go and buy especially for this recipe. I’ll eat the whole loaf in one sitting if left unchecked and so I have to control myself by just not buying it! Of course I just whip up my Oregano and Chilli Sodabread if I need emergency bread!
I like to serve this with either Marks and Spencers Caramelised Onion Chutney and some peppery salad leaves or alternatively, baked beans – different levels of classy – equally tasty.
4 slices Thick White Sliced Bread
4 slices Parma (or Serrano Ham)
2 tbsp Plain Flour
Sea Salt Flakes
Butter for frying
Cut the crusts off 4 slices Thick White Sliced Bread.
Lay 4 slices Parma (or Serrano Ham) over the bread with one slice of ham over each slice of bread. Leave a border of bread around each slice.
Slice 100g Mozzarella into 4 rectangles and lay 2 slices over 2 slices of the bread and ham.
Place a cheese-less slice of bread and ham over each slice with cheese to make 2 equally filled sandwiches. Using your thumb and forefinger, press around the borders of each sandwich to squidge the edges together to seal them. Reinforce the seal using the edge of your hand (like in a karate chop position). Its ok – you can make the requisite noise as you’re doing this, I won’t judge.
Pour 80ml Milk into a small (lipped) plate. Put another large plate next to it.
Whisk 1 Egg with a pinch of Sea Salt Flakes and put in another small lipped plate.
Dip each sandwich in the milk VERY briefly, coating both sides. Put each sandwich on the large plate.
Coat each side of each sandwich with around 2 tbsp Plain Flour and gently shake of any excess.
Put a large knob of butter in a non-stick frying pan and put onto medium heat. Once the butter is just melted, take your plate of sandwiches and plate of egg right next to your hob. Dip each sandwich into the egg on both sides and place into the buttery pan.
If any mozzarella escapes – shove it back in or allow it to go a bit crispy in the pan. Don’t cry.
Gently fry until golden brown on each side and serve immediately.
What emergency standby items do you keep in the back of the fridge? Let me know in the comments!
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