Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos's Mozzarella in Carrozza 10.25.11
It's a savory French toast sandwich; Italian version. And I say, "who knew???" because apparently this is a pretty famous Italian dish. Take a look through Google and you will see several versions. But basically, it's a toasted cheese sandwich, dipped in egg before you fry it up.
Today featured guest stars, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corco. They are the hosts of the Cooking Channel show, "Extra Virgin". Have to confess, these two celebrities were new to me. I do not get the Cooking Channel on my cable system. They were very entertaining. Reminded me a bit of my own situation, with a wife who enjoys food, but has little background in cooking.
The show did feature TWO segments with the guests; which I think is badly needed whenever they schedule folks. In the past (Paula Deen comes to mind) I always felt rushed through their stories and recipes. I thought the interview portion combined with the cooking segment was nicely balanced.
Click HERE to get a break down of the entire episode, with video segments and recipes from this episode.
Specifically, click HERE to see the recipe for Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos's Mozzarella in Carrozza.
I made a few changes in my version, nothing drastic.
They fried their French Toast in Olive Oil. I decided to fry mine in butter instead.
They seasoned their Mozzarella in Carrozza with salt and pepper. During the segment they advised that several options for seasonings could be used. I decided to add a 1/2 tsp of my "Not your Grandmother's Herbes de Provence" Spice mix. It's a very simple make ahead mix that combines 9 different spices for a Mediterranean taste.
Th sandwich is excellent! Has that eggy French toast taste, but it also combines with the savory spices and the richness of the mozzarella cheese. If, like me, your experience with French toast is only as a sweet dish (Syrup and/or powdered sugar toppings), this will really excite you.
It is a simple dish...
"Not your Grandmother's Herbes de Provence" Spice mix
dusting of flour
Oil or butter to fry the sandwich in
It really is a terrific idea for an interesting lunch. I can also envision smaller sandwiches for a tea or to use an appetizers.
On the show, the hosts cut the bread using cookie cutters for a holiday treat.
Love this recipe!