Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mozzarella en Carozza - Valastro Style, Baby

Mozzarella en Carozza - ButterYum
Have you checked out Buddy Valastro's new cooking show, Kitchen Boss?  It's great.  He cooks all my favorite foods just the way my mother did when I was growing up.  She didn't, however, make these Italian Grilled Cheese sandwiches.  My girls are lucky I'm not my mother ;).   They've both proclaimed these to be the best sandwiches ever.  Oh yeah, baby - they're that good!


Let's make one - first, we schmear some sun-dried tomato pesto onto 2 slices of bread, then we add a nice slice of  fresh "Mootz" (mozzarella cheese).  Buddy's version didn't include the basil, but my plant was sitting right there and hey, what can I say, I couldn't resist!!


Okay, now we squish the two pieces of bread together and dip the whole thing in beaten egg...


...then into seasoned breadcrumbs (shake off the excess), and fry in olive oil over medium heat until the breadcrumbs are nice and brown, and the cheese is melted and gooey.  Be careful not to overheat the oil - if it starts to smoke, it's too hot.

Oh man, you gotta try them.
Estremamente Deliziosa!



Mozzarella en Carozza 
adapted from Buddy Valastro, The Kitchen Boss (aka The Cake Boss)
makes 4 sandwiches

8 slices sandwich bread
4 slices fresh mozzarella, about 1/4-inch thick
4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
4 large fresh basil leaves
2 eggs, beaten
1 - 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1 cup olive oil
extra sun-dried tomato pesto for dipping (optional)

Spread 1/2 tablespoon of sun-dried tomato pesto on each slice of bread.  Top 4 slices of bread with 4 slices of fresh mozzarella and a large basil leaf.  Top with remaining 4 slices of bread (tomato pesto should be on the inside of the sandwich); give each sandwich a little squish to keep them together as you dip them in beaten egg, followed by seasoned bread crumbs.  Shake off excess crumbs.  Fry sandwiches in olive oil over medium heat until golden brown on all sides, being careful not to let the oil overheat.  Serve with additional sun-dried tomato pesto for dipping.

47 comments:

  1. I'm swooning over here. Pure pleasure sitting on a plate. Wow, that looks fantastic. The basil is the exclamation point in my book. I probably wouldn't have been interested with out it. Brava!

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  2. This is one of my favorite Italian versions of a grilled cheese! Reminds me of my time living in Alba Adriatica, one of my cousins use to eat this ALL THE TIME.. so much that he got me hooked on it.

    I think it's time to revisit it....

    Yours looks soo yummy too!

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  3. I haven't seen this show yet so I will have to look for it...this recipe is a big favorite!

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  4. It's almost like a grilled caprese! Great idea - love the added basil.

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  5. Oh, that looks so good! I can't wait until winter is over & I can grow fresh basil! I will so be making this!

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  6. EVERYTHING you make I want to eat. Superbly scrumptious! This is the perfect after church lunch. YUM!
    Yvonne

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  7. Wow! The sandwhich looks amazing and fabulous pictures too. Yum! what a treat..

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  8. Yum, yum! I could really go for one of those right about now. Carla

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  9. Butteryum, I love Buddy's Cake Boss show, and I'm pleased to learn he has a new one! Can't wait to check it out... lovely lovely lovely post!

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  10. Oh, another addictive TV show! I love them. I definitely know what we are having tomorrow night. This sounds fantastic. My mouth is salivating and it is nearly midnight - silly me! I love dipping it in the bread crumbs. Wow, we are huge panini fans and this fits right in with those.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. Truly I was so demoralized that I considered calling it quits and everyone's comments revived me and I have been back at it again. What wonderful support you gave me dear friend! I needed it!!

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  11. I will try it! It looks so Yummy! Thanks so much for your visit, always like when you visit :-)

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  12. Ugh! I wish that I had seen these last night. I made your homemade tomato soup last night and these would of been perfect with them. The soup was awesome! Now I have to try these too!

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  13. OH MY STARS! This looks divine...and yes, the basil is a must. I haven't seen this TV show...perhaps that's a good thing? :-) I will look for it though.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Pat

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  14. That looks great! We don't have cable, but recently got Netflix and I quickly became addicted to Cake Boss! I hope they run his kitchen show there soon.

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  15. Oh my word - that's the best grilled cheese ever!

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  16. What a tasty grilled cheese.
    Mimi

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  17. I'm going to find Kitchen Boss. I love tv cooking/reality shows. That sandwich kicks grilled cheese up a notch.

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  18. These sandwiches look wonderful! i am going to have to whip up some gluten-free bread so I can try to replicate them.

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  19. Holy smokes! These look amazing.

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  20. I have had and made Monte Christo sandwhiches, but I never thought to dip a grilled cheese in egg. Love the fresh Moxarella too. Joni

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  21. Oh come to mama! This is like the ultimate grilled cheese of all my dreams! I need to make this NOW *stops for a moment and shakes her head at her dead basil plant* as soon as I get some fresh basil!!!

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  22. OMGoodness! Have have to make this ASAP!

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  23. Now I'm craving one of these...My son will LOVE this!!!
    Jane (Artfully graced)

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  24. I've been wanting to try this sandwich forever! I have a couple of recipes bookmarked (and now yours). They look absolutely amazing, I have to try it soon!

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  25. Ohhhhh baby, I want this right now!!!

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  26. Holy cow! I had no idea he had a new show. I am out the door and off to get the ingredients for this! Lunch here I come!

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  27. Dearest Patricia,

    That looks yummy and your daughters for sure LOVE it. Well, your Mom was more of the authentic Italian cuisine... Like Maria Runggaldier, my friend and lady chef at Ristorante da Maria. I did a blog today about her cooking class that I've attended past Wednesday. You will definately recognize some of her dishes as summed up in the menu...

    Have a great weekend and lots of love,

    Mariette

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  28. I am a big fan of Buddy and this Italian grilled cheese sandwich looks so good. Being Italian, I love all things Italiano. If you get a chance, please visit my blog. I am having a giveaway. Have a great weekend.
    http://sweetkatskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  29. I don't care for sun dried tomatoes, but that looks delicious. I think I'd use a thick tomato soup or marinara, but the idea of using mozzarella cheese for grilled cheese sounds so yummy and makes me wonder why I've never done it before!

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  30. Now that's my kind of grilled cheese...fabulously simple ingredients, but extraordinary in flavor!!!

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  31. WOW, that sandwich looks amazing. I'm going to try this very soon.

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  32. Thanks for sharing this. It looks so delish!...Christine

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  33. This really looks delicious. I haven't made these in a while. I think I've just found our lucnh for the day. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  34. Oh my goodness these look fabulous!! Now I know whats for lunch tomorrow.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  35. Dearest Patricia,

    You should fix the problem with the thumbnail... It worked right away for me.

    Here we go!

    To have the first picture of your blogpost showing as a thumbnail on other blogrolls, you go back into Edit post and click the HTML button, Scroll down until you find the HTML code for the first picture in your post. Within that code you will find, once or twice this:

    - https://...googleusercontent.com.

    You need to make a couple of modifications, this is what you want -

    http://...ggpht.com....

    To RECAP https becomes http:/ / and googleusercontent.com becomes ggpht.com

    Love,

    Mariette

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  36. I like the new show, and this looks awesome. Nice change from your regular grilled cheese.

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  37. This looks fabulous!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  38. This is a gorgeous sandwich! Great recipe - easy and unique!

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  39. This sounds really delicious. The fat saturated outside and fresh tasting filling with that basil leaf in there - must be like magic!

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  40. I know a couple of kids who are gonna LOVE this one. Sort of like an Italian take on a croque monsieur. YUM indeed! - S

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  41. This was amazing! So good that I had to share with the world and link back to you! Grazie!

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  42. Oh my, those look amazing. They're so simple but different. I'm making these for sure!

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  43. WHO?????????
    Took the crusts off the bread?

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  44. Hi Whitesnake - whatever your personal preference is. I've done it with and without the crust... both turn out well.

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  45. Ricetta favolosa penso che potrebbe essere molto utile per la cena di lavoro ho il prossimo fine settimana a casa. Sono sicuro che la gente è la fine gona fino affascinato con un piatto come thisone.

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  46. I made these for dinner tonight, they were amazing!!

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