Fried mozzarella sandwich with anchovies

The fried mozzarella sandwich is a classic of Neapolitan cuisine which we present in its 'most classic' version, that is with anchovies. Two slices of bread containing a lovely slice of mozzarella and an anchovy. Everything is then covered with breadcrumbs and fried: the outcome is meltingly luxurious. Try it and see!


20 minutes Total time
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Remove the crusts from the bread leaving a number of slightly smaller rectangular slices. Cut the mozzarella into slices roughly the same size as the bread: make sure that the cheese doesn't protrude over the edges. Place the cheese slices onto kitchen paper to remove as much of the preserving liquid from the mozzarella as possible. Place a mozzarella slice and some anchovy between two slices of bread. Press down the edges, sealing them as well as possible. Beat the eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt, then coat the sandwiches in flour, dip in the egg before finally coating in breadcrumbs. Fry the mozzarella sandwiches a few at a time in hot oil, browning them well on both sides. Transfer them to kitchen paper as they are done and serve immediately.

If you like you could replace the anchovy with cooked ham
The fried mozzarella sandwich is a classic of Neapolitan cookery, but is also traditionally made in other regions such as Venice, where instead of the classic breadcrumb coating a batter is used! The result is puffy and fluffy!

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