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    Mozzarella and Parma Ham in Carozza

    With its superior ingredients and no-holds-barred carozza, or fried-bread "carriage" sandwiching the oozing filling, this has to be the ultimate ham and cheese toastie.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 16 minutes
    • Total time: 26 minutes 30 minutes

    Makes: Makes 4 Sandwiches


    • 8 small sage leaves, plus extra to garnish
    • 6 tbsp olive oil
    • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 200ml whole milk
    • 75g plain flour
    • 8 slices white bread
    • 300g Buffalo Mozzarella, sliced
    • 4 slices Parma ham


    1. Gently heat the sage leaves and olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan for 5 minutes, until the sage begins to crisp. Remove it and drain on kitchen paper. Spoon half the oil into a small jug, leaving the rest in the pan.
    2. Season the beaten egg lightly and transfer it to a shallow bowl; put the milk and flour in a shallow bowl each too. Top half the slices of bread with a layer of Mozzarella, 2 crispy sage leaves and a slice of Parma ham. Grind over some pepper and top with a second slice of cheese. Press a second slice of bread on top to make a sandwich.
    3. 3 Dip each sandwich briefly in the milk, then the flour, followed by the seasoned egg, making sure it is well covered. Gently reheat the sage-infused olive oil in the frying pan. Fry two sandwiches for 4 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on kitchen towel. Repeat with the reserved oil and remaining sandwiches; eat while still warm.

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    Drinks recommendation

    Dark, sensual version of valpolicella, refermented on the lees of recioto wine for extra texture and flavour, adds to the indulgence.


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