Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

spinach and artichoke grilled cheese

Is spinach and artichoke dip still a thing? I feel like it was all the rage when I was in college (*cough* ten years ago *cough*) but it’s since taken a back seat to other, less indulgent dips… like hummus. Please tell me that I’ve just been living under a healthy-eating rock for the last few years and spinach and artichoke dip is still around? If not, let’s make a vow to bring it back. In the form of grilled cheese.

As you may know, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Land O’Lakes and Kitchen PLAY joined together to celebrate with an event they’re calling “30 Days of Grilled Cheese.” And the asked me to play along! Yay!

It took me forever to figure out what I wanted to make for the event. Obviously, I wanted something unique. I also wanted something super gooey and cheesy. And  –making things even more difficult – I wanted to healthy it up by incorporating a good amount of fruit or vegetables.  Tall order, right? I was stumped for days when all of a sudden I was sitting at my desk at work and it dawned on me: Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese. On garlic toast.

I was so excited about the idea that I texted it to Shawn right away.

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Man, oh man, this grilled cheese is GOOD. It’s super cheesy and rich, with buttery-delicious artichoke hearts scattered throughout it. And the addition of garlic to the bread? Kind of genius, if I do say so myself. I also used Land O’Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend, which combines their classic deli American with the bite of Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano.This grilled cheese has tons of over-the-top flavor in every bite. 

On a semi-related note, Land O’Lakes has a great Pinterest campaign going on throughout April and May: they’ll donate $1 to Feeding America ever time someone pins or repins one of their recipes on Pinterest. That’s the equivalent of 8 meals for every pin. Pretty awesome! (Please Note: Pinning this recipe doesn’t count. Go to their site, LandOLakes.com, and pin something from there. While you’re at it, be sure to follow them on Pinterest. They’re constantly pinning really great stuff!)

So what are you waiting for? Get pinning! Then make this Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese – all that pinning is sure to work up an appetite!

 

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Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup quartered artichoke hearts
  • ⅓ pound Land O’Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend
  • 4 slices Italian sandwich bread
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • garlic powder
Preparation
  1. Add spinach and water to a skillet set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is completely wilted. Drain excess water. Add the artichoke hearts, using a fork to break them up a little bit. Stir in a slice or two of cheese – just enough to melt into the vegetables and help bind them together.
  2. Butter 4 slices of bread and sprinkle them with garlic powder. Flip two slices of bread over (so the non-buttered side is up) and top each with a few slices of cheese and half of the spinach and artichoke mixture. Cover with remaining cheese and top with a second piece of bread (buttered side up).
  3. Cook sandwiches over low heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

 
All nutrition information is approximate and will vary base on ingredients and brands used.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY Sidecar series. All opinions given are my own.

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Comments

  1. I feel like everyone is talking about spinach and artichoke grilled cheese these days so yes it’s definitely time for a revival! Major yum.

    • I made this a few weeks ago and since then I’ve seen similar ones popping up left and relight! I must have sensed that the trend would emerge. ;)

  2. Yay another excuse to eat dip for dinner ;) love the idea!

  3. Oh…MAN! That looks fantastic and if spinach & artichoke dip have gone out, this will most definitely bring it back. Thanks for a great recipe…I’ll be making this one, for sure!

  4. Granted, I’ve never been one of the “cool kids” who really follows trends…but I totally don’t care if spinach and artichoke dip isn’t a “thing” anymore, I’d totally eat this sandwich every day anyway!

  5. One of my favorite dips in grilled cheese form. Swoon.

  6. YES – Spinach and artichoke dip is still around. I’ve gotta say though, Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese sounds 10 times better! I loooveee super cheesy grilled cheese sandwiches. :)

  7. What a fantastic spin on grilled cheese!

  8. I’m not big on food trends (I just eat what tastes good), but I’m pretty sure Spinach Artichoke Dip will always be a “thing.” I mean, it’s arguably the best dip ever! And that makes this the best grilled cheese ever. Seriously, I’m drooling.

  9. Garlic doesn’t live at our house (allergies). But spinach-artichoke dip deserves never to go out of style. Yes, it’s an indulgence, but I look at occasional indulgent food as a prompt to thank God for His artistry . . . a little more often than, uh, normally happens.
    We are having this for supper.

  10. *Inspiration Flash* I think you also just invented the Next Big Thing in Pizza Bianca. Maybe adding a saute’d mushroom, nothing too strong . . . .

  11. Heidi Rousseau says:

    there is an easier way to make this sandwich.I use two tortillas heat one of them in a pan with a little spread or butter of your choice then add a tablespoon of artichoke tapenade (Wal-Mart) to the heated tortilla or put the tapenade on the tortilla,heat in a pan then add some small baby spinach to the whole thing,maybe a little meat of your choice then put the top tortilla over the whole thing and heat then cool slightly and eat it all,wonderful!!

  12. Linda Hawkinson says:

    I wnt to make this like today!! It’s April and I’m watching it snow as I’m typing this–My questions is about the kind of artichikes I should use–packed on oil or water–I’m never sure!! Help

  13. maddog713 says:

    yummm…bet the costco artichoke-jalapeno dip would make a scruptious grilled cheese also

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