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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

This sandwich won't win any beauty pageants, but a plate stacked high with wedges of them will be the first thing your kids make a beeline for when they walk in the door after a "hard" day at school.  In fact, it's pretty hard for kids of any age to resist melty cheese in a crispy-fried crust, isn't it?  It is. 

I'm gonna admit...they're pretty messy to make.  My hands were covered in egg and bread crumbs from trying to hold them together and get everything to adhere before frying.  But it was totally worth it.  Totally.

That's it for today...a totally satisfying quickie.  Nothing like a good quickie.  That's what I always say.  Okay.  It's not.  I don't always say that.  But I'm saying it now.
Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: fry appetizer entree sandwich snack cheese bacon

Ingredients (serves 2-4)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • all-purpose flour
  • dry bread crumbs, regular or panko
  • 2-4 thin slices cooked bacon (or ham), optional
  • ~3 oz. thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • olive oil, for frying
Whip the eggs with a bit of salt in a flattish bowl. Sprinkle some flour over one plate and te breadcrumbs over another plate.

Make two sandwiches by dividing the bacon or ham (if using) and mozzarella between two pieces of bread and topping with the last two slices. Pinch the outsides of the bread together a bit.

Heat about 1/2" of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Carefully (seriously, this is tricky) grab a sandwich and dip in flour on all four sides. Dip into eggwash and then into bread crumbs. Lower carefully into oil and fry until golden on both sides.

Lift out onto a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil and repeat with other sandwich. Slice on the diagonal, if you wish. Serve immediately.

Change it up by layering in a few fresh leaves of basil or some paper-thin slices of juicy tomato.

adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros
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  1. Gerry @ Foodness GraciousFebruary 8, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Personally I would forego any kind of quickie just so I could get tucked in to these sammies. Reminds me of the fried bread and cheese we would have along with breakfast when I was a kid :)

  2. These look lovely...there's something so comforting about melty gooey cheese. I really like the idea of perhaps adding bacon and tomato too, although they look perfectly delicious with just the mozzarella. I have to confess the photographs actually made my mouth water! 

  3. I can see how breading these would be tricky and messy....but totally worth it.  I think me and my husband would love these even more than the kids :)

  4. Believe it or not...there's a really thin layer of bacon in there!  The bacon's thin, the layer's thin...but it adds a great little hint of smoky pork ;)  I think any option is a winner with these. =)

  5. They sure look more than worth it to me!

  6. These look sinfully delicious!! I love eating gooey melting cheese and that crusty bread has to be incredible!

  7. Won't win any beauty contests? Bite your tongue. They're gorgeous!

    I've never thought of breading a grilled cheese sandwich before frying it. What a great idea.

  8. I have to make this for my husband this weekend; he will be in cheese bacon  heaven. Pinned this one.

  9. Around our house a quickie is always a good thing and I could eat your sandwich very quickly!  I think some things aren't meant to be gorgeous, just fantastically delicious.

  10. ThemadscientistskitchenFebruary 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    love these.  kids will worship them.

  11. Hi heather!
    I ll try your mozzarella sandwisches tomorrow. that must be melting away in your mouth! I wish I could have some now.

  12. Oh my gosh, what a concept!  Could I stick a slice of tomato inside too?

  13. Que exquisitez de sandwich, me encanta.


  14. I don't care about beauty, these sandwiches are great!!
    I love eating them anytime
    But I disagree with you - they do look wonderful and very tempting!

  15. This is MY kind of quickie, any time, anywhere. How can you say these beautiful, fried, crunchy, melty, cheesy lovelies aren't photogenic. I so wish I had one (dozen or so) right how!

  16. just can't ever go wrong with grilled cheese.  that's a scientific fact.

  17. I thought a grilled cheese couldn't possibly get any better! Obviously I'm mistaken. I'm going to be dreaming of these tonight!

  18. Yes, yes, yes!  Sorr y...I was having a moment.  Honestly, they sound totally worth the work.  I know what I'm making for the neices and I this weekend!

  19. These look yummy and creamy!!

  20. Looks so delicious. I saw Debbie Mazar and her hubby make something similar on Extra Virgin.

  21. Natashya Kitchen PuppiesFebruary 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Great idea! And I have two big blocks of mozza here too. I really want to try this soon. And I do love a good quickie now and then!

  22. Couscous & ConsciousnessFebruary 12, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    Geez Looeez - these would be so totally worth any mess.  I'm not sure that I agree that these would win any beauty pageants - they look incredibly beautiful to me!

  23. The title had me thinking of a sandwich made of fried mozz sticks but you really went all in!  These things look awesome!  (And I'm sure they are totally healthy too, right?)

    Hope you are feeling better!

  24. These look like little pieces of heaven--I am drooling all over the keyboard. ;-) Thanks for sharing them with Souper Sundays.