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Playing How To Make Carbonara Grilled Cheese Bites | NYE At Home | Mary Giuliani

Party-planner-to-the-stars Mary Giuliani shares her recipe for tiny, tasty grilled cheese bites to celebrate NYE at home. 

To complete the menu for your New Year's Eve night in, check out Rach's Cicchetti (her favorite Italian snacks) and John's Italian 75 cocktail made with Champagne.

Or pour yourself a drink and order some appetizers from Mary's new boutique line of frozen hors d'oeuvres, based on the "greatest hits" and most often requested items from her signature parties and events.


  • ½ cup pancetta, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 3 slices fontina cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) 


Serves: Makes 8


In a skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until fat is rendered and pancetta is crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain, leaving the fat in the pan.

In bowl, combine eggs, pecorino, black pepper and crispy pancetta. Coat bread with egg mixture on both sides, then sandwich fontina between bread.

Add EVOO to the pancetta oil, then fry the sandwich in the pan on both sides until golden brown.

Let cool slightly, then cut into 8 triangles.

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