Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese {recipe}

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so we’re celebrating by posting a grilled cheese sandwich every day. This is No. 9. See all of our grilled cheese sandwiches >> here << .

We have plenty of grilled cheese sandwiches coming up with ham, asparagus and even hard boiled eggs, so don’t think we’re ignoring all the leftovers from yesterday’s Easter brunches, lunches, and dinners. We just really missed Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip that we’re used to seeing at big food gatherings, so we made one today…

This sandwich follows the same model as the Sauteed Mushrooms and Swiss Grilled Cheese. You grill the bread and cheese first, then add the fillings afterward.

Spinach Artichoke Grilled CheeseWe weren’t expecting this to happen, but we kind of love that because we used shredded cheese rather than slices, little shreds fell off the sides of the bread, giving the sandwich the same effect as the actual dip when broiled in a small crock or mini cast iron skillet – crispy, crunchy, toasted cheese bits attached to the bread.
Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese
Most Spinach and Artichoke Dips contain lots of other “creamy” things like mayonnaise, sour cream, and/or cream cheese. We left those out this (though we wouldn’t be opposed to spreading a thin layer of garlicky aioli on the bread under the cheese). We just stuck with shredded melty cheese and Parmesan.
Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese
The sandwich is so awesomely delicious. And hey, if you make it by spreading some actual spinach and artichoke dip between two slices of bread and grilling it in gobs of melted butter, we think that’s pretty awesomely delicious, too.

Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients

1 tablespoon softened butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 slices whole grain and seed bread
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or jack)
2 handfuls spinach sauteed in about 1 teaspoon butter with half clove finely minced garlic
chopped marinated artichokes
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan over medium low heat. Place 2 slices of bread in pan, then pile half of shredded cheese on one slice and half of shredded cheese on the other slices. Cook the bread until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Remove the grilled bread from the pan. Place sauteed spinach on melted cheese on one slice of bread. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Arrange marinated artichokes on top, then season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Close/cover the sandwich with the other slice of grilled bread.

by Sarah J. Gim on April 9, 2012 · 11 comments

{ 11 comments }

Christina Waltz April 10, 2012 at 7:22 am

YUM!

Athena R April 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

Oh. My. Word…that looks so delicious!

Naomi April 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

I am eager to try this, I think my husband will like it too. Think I will use it for my next book club lunch.

Suzie April 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

That’s it! I’m making this for dinner with a bowl of some kind of soup and a salad. Forget the pasta and sauce I was going to have!

Amanda April 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

This is a culmination of some of my favorite things. I am in slobbering awe.

Laura April 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

I must make this asap! Looks fabulous, love the flavor combination!
Is there a “print recipe” button? :)

Barbara | Creative Culinary April 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

Holy Yum! I’ve been making my share of grilled cheese…it is a holiday to celebrate. My favorite so far? Cheddar, apple and pancetta on a croissant. Simply amazing. Even after you run out of croissants (I had to test it!!).

Cheryl S. April 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

Wow – I made this for lunch today, and it was seriously one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever made. Thank you!

Cassie @ A Little Treat May 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hi! I tried out your recipe and I have to say it was ahhhmazing! I participate in the Crazy Cooking Challenge and used your recipe this month. Here is a link if you would like to check it out.
http://alittletreat.weebly.com/1/post/2012/05/spinach-and-artichoke-grilled-cheese.html

Happy Treats!

Glenda May 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’m a grilled cheese lover. Can’t wait to try this recipe. It sounds delicious. Thanks for putting all these wonderful recipes on your blog.

Barb January 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

A local restaurant does a version of this but with a chicken breast on it too. YUM!

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