Makes: 4 servings
Yield: 4 sandwiches
- 8 slices good-quality white sandwich bread
- 8 slices (about 3/4 lb.) fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), each 1/4-1/2 inch thick
- 4 slices prosciutto cotto or other mild cooked ham
- 1/2 cup flour, for dredging
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano (a generous handful)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- EVOO for frying
- Trim bread crusts and assemble sandwiches: 1 bread slice, 1 mozzarella slice, 1 ham slice (folded to fit inside the edges of the bread), then another mozzarella slice and bread slice. Pinch the sandwich edges to seal.
- In a shallow bowl, season the flour with the granulated garlic and onion.
- In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the cheese, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat a shallow layer of EVOO, 3 to 4 turns of the pan, over medium. Dredge the sandwiches in the flour mixture, then coat in the egg batter. Fry two at a time, turning occasionally, until deeply golden, 6 to 7 minutes (add more oil for second batch, if necessary). Cut diagonally and serve.