• 200 g buffalo mozzarella or bocconcini, cut into 1 cm thick slices

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • squeeze of lemon juice

  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 slices pancetta, cut into strips

  • 4 slices day-old white bread, crusts trimmed

  • 50 g unsalted butter, softened

  • 4–6 basil leaves, torn


  • 1.

    Marinate cheese with lemon zest and juice, a splash of olive oil and a little salt and pepper for 1 hour.

  • 2.

    Cook pancetta in a dry frying pan over medium heat until crisp, then set aside to drain on paper towel.

  • 3.

    Flatten bread with a rolling pin, then butter each slice sparingly. Place 2 of the slices, buttered-sides down, on a chopping board and divide the marinated mozzarella between them. Add torn basil, season with salt to taste and crumble on the crisp pancetta. Top with remaining slices of bread, buttered sides up, then gently fry in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat until golden on both sides. Use your fingers to put any pieces that fall out back in; these are generous sandwiches.

  • 4.

    Remove sandwiches from the pan and serve.

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

0 0 0 0 0
Average Rating
2 comments • 0 ratings
Please login to comment
Posted by ejade03Report
OMG this looks amazing.... so naughty though!
Posted by YL3Report
great combination for evening snack! good one again Maggie from Yknott