Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat with: 1 Tbs. olive oil
Slice into half-moons: 2 large onions
Add the onions to the skillet with:
1 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. salt
Cook the onions on medium heat for about 20 minutes, yes, 20. Patience. You want them to be really soft and golden brown (turn down to medium-low if they start to brown too quickly). Set aside until all your ingredients are ready to go.
In another skillet on high heat, sauté until dark brown and soft (set aside when done):
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. olive oil
In a small bowl, mix together:
¾ c. part-skim ricotta cheese
3 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
1/3 c. chopped spinach
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice and butter one side of good crusty bread.
Salted butter, softened
12 slices of bread
To assemble the sammies, spread a spoonful of the ricotta mixture on the unbuttered side of each slice of bread. Sprinkle on one side:
1 Tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Thinly sliced fresh mozzarella to cover the bread in one layer
Top with some of the roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions. Close the sandwich up with your other piece of bread and brown the sandwich in a skillet on medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melty. Makes 6 sammies. Serve hot and enjoy!!!