Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mozzarella Sandwich

It is a rare day that I find a recipe off of the various 5,000 or so cooking shows I watch in the background since Discovery became the Blow Shit up Channel, TLC the Let's all Watch Little People Marry Cake Bakers with Toddlers in Tiaras Channel and History the Alien Hitler Channel.

About the only thing I seem to walk away with are ideas on how to prepare food, little techniques such as Alton Browns wrapped crab legs in saran wrap and wet paper towels, microwave for 2-3 minutes, and boom done.

This one comes courtesy of a strange Italian cooking show that seems to never take place in the same kitchen. One day the host is out traipsing through the woods in search of truffles the next he's accosting his neighbors and demanding free olive oil samples.

I'd link to a recipe on a website but I have no bloody idea how to navigate the cooking channel one so it's from the Italian guy who sometimes brings out two twins as props.

Anyway, the mozzarella sandwich. This is something to make if you have fresh mozzarella sitting around gathering up dust.

First step is to slice up some bread, he originally used white but we don't have any of that. Next slice off a good chunk of the mozzarella.
Now in a separate bowl mix together an egg with about 1/8 a cup of milk or so. It's more of an eyeball game really.
That's right we're making savory french toast of a sorts.

To the egg I added some italian spices and a dash of salt.
Now you just dip the sandwiches in the egg solution and into a pan with a little bit of oil or butter.
Cook for a few minutes on medium heat on both sides and voila a mozzarella sandwich.

It tastes a bit like french toast did it with a grilled cheese sandwich, but in a good way.
I assume just about any cheese would work provided it was thick enough. It's best to keep the bread slices small though, lest the whole thing flop apart during turning.

Frankly, I'm rather surprised Americans haven't embraced something like this. It's simple, it's fast and it makes a typical kiddie food taste that much better.

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