It is said “you can never be too rich or too thin” well, the thin here applies to these delightful crispy cheese bites, and the rich is the treasure of the experience of cooking at home. Crispy Cheese Sandwiches are a perfect little jewel, sure to please your guests.
May, a busy month with birthdays, Mother’s Day and of celebrating all the grad and engagements – let’s keep it simple.. These crispy little jewels have always been a hit in the Bijouxs Kitchen, here with an updated take on the Harry’s Bar classic Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich. I first enjoyed this little jewel at Harry’s in NYC, with a Bellini of course, during my friend’s “victory tour” after signing her novel & screenplay deal with her agent. Many Bellini’s followed. Grand days indeed celebrated with such as simple little sandwich.
I have not been to Harry’s Bar in Venice, but I came back from NYC ready to recreate those crispy cheese bites. With a some recipe background work, I discovered that Italian fried cheese sandwiches (think our grilled cheese) are referred to as carozza, or “mozzarella in a carriage”, such Italian charm. I then reviewed my cookbooks and found a recipe from “Canal House An Italian Summer”, their books are among my favorites. Their take was to coat the sandwiches with panko bread crumbs, which gives the sandwiches an enticing crunch factor.
My Bijouxs version of course contains minor changes to these simple sandwiches. For this recipe “think thin.” Extra-thin sliced bread is mandatory, once in stores, now only online. (see COOK’S NOTES in recipe card) I used thinly sliced goat cheddar cheese, breaking the mozzarella tradition, along with thin prosciutto for the filling. Since this is basically a grilled cheese sandwich use your preference of cheese and meat or no meat, but keep it thin. The breading for the sandwiches is simple – flour, egg & panko crumbs. I also use just enough oil to fry about half the depth of a slice of the bread, creating a crispy crust, yet maintaining soft bread and melty cheese within.
These crunchy bites are wonderful with cocktails as a great start to the meal.
Enjoy these classic little jewels from Harry’s Bar. Food fads come and go but the Bijouxs remain.
As always, enjoy. B