Sometimes the most satisfying meals are the most simple. Look at the grilled cheese. The ingredients — toasted bread, sliced cheese, a pat of butter — are humble, but the completed sandwich is a classic culinary masterpiece.

With impromptu holiday parties and last-minute gift-shopping, treat yourself to an elegant, uncomplicated, and oozing cheese sandwich. Instead of crisping the sandwich on the stove, this effortless recipe lets the oven do the work.

Serve with roasted tomatoes and a glass of bubbly to salute the season. The recipe: after the break.

Ricotta Roll

Ricotta Roll

Easy Baked Ricotta and Mozzarella Sandwich Recipe 2009-12-15 09:04:24

Ingredients

2 sandwich rolls, such as kaiser rolls
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella
2/3 cup ricotta
6 fresh basil leaves

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450º F.
  2. Slice the rolls in half horizontally. Hollow them out by removing most of the soft crumb from the tops and bottoms.
  3. Distribute the mozzarella evenly inside each of the 4 hollowed-out halves. Place 1/3 cup of the ricotta into each bottom half. Top each bottom half with 3 basil leaves.
  4. Put the 2 halves of the rolls back together and wrap each sandwich in foil. Bake until the outsides are crispy and the cheeses are melted, 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Slice in half and serve.

Serves 2.