Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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Did you know April was Grilled Cheese Month? Somehow we missed that (we’ve been a bit preoccupied lately). But, it must have been in our subconscious, because we had a recent craving!

Our original inspiration for this sandwich was a combination of the extraordinary collection of grilled cheese variations on Closet Cooking, a blog we’ve been following for years, and a spinach artichoke melt we made a while back to meld the deliciousness of spinach artichoke dip into sandwich form.

The result is gooey and totally delicious – similar to the famous dip, but in meal form. We went heavy on the spinach in this recipe to take full advantage of the goodness of dark leafy greens. The magic ingredient is sour cream – just a bit on each sandwich transforms it from the ordinary grilled cheese.

We also took a tip from Closet Cooking to use shredded cheese, and were pleased with the result – it had great overall consistency. We also put cheese above and below the filling, which helped to increase the overall cheesy-ness.

There’s something about a toasted cheese sandwich that just doesn’t  get old. At least, it hasn’t yet!

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese
Serves: 2 sandwiches
What You Need
  • Fresh spinach – enough for about 3 cups chopped
  • Canned artichoke hearts – about 3 (around 6 ounces)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (we used a blend of mozzarella, Monterrey jack and provolone)
  • 4 pieces bread
  • Kosher salt
  • Butter or more olive oil)
What To Do
  1. Dice the 2 cloves garlic. Chop the artichokes. Wash and stem the spinach, then chop it coarsely.
  2. Heat about 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Then add the spinach and a pinch of kosher salt, and saute for a few minutes until just limp. Add the artichokes and saute for another minute or so, until heated through. Drain off any liquid from the pan. Stir in 2 tablespoons sour cream and another pinch of kosher salt.
  3. Spread butter (or olive oil) on one side of each of the 4 bread pieces. Heat a griddle pan to medium high heat. Place 2 pieces of bread on the griddle, buttered side down. On each piece, spread some shredded cheese, the spinach artichoke filling, some more cheese (1/2 cup cheese per sandwich), and the other piece of bread. When the bottom bread is browned, flip the sandwich and cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.

78 Comments on “Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese”

  1. Laura @ WyldeThyme

    I almost missed grilled cheese month too! But, now that there are such amazing grilled cheese recipes out there, I think I will plan a ‘grilled cheese bar’ for my next party… how fun! The spinach and artichoke looks great!

    1. Tamara

      I just have to say…LOVE THE GRILLED CHEESE BAR IDEA!!! :) definitely going to use it before the month is out! :)

  2. Courtney Jones

    Oh boy…I should not have read this post right before bed. I won’t be able to sleep until I have a grilled cheese sandwich now! *hehe* Love the addition of artichokes. Great idea!

  3. telesma

    Do this on focaccia, saute the spinach lightly in olive oil and garlic, and add sauteed mushrooms and shrimp along with some tomato and thinly sliced purple onion, and you’ll have my favorite sandwich in the world.

  4. Camille

    Saw this on pinterest today and made it for lunch – I think my taste buds were singing when I was done. I thought it would also make a great panini and the spinach/artichoke mixture would be great on a grilled chicken sandwich.

  5. Lisa

    Do you mean three cans of artichoke hearts? I just got a little confused by the amount in your ingredient list. This looks soooo yummy!

  6. Carissa

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. My husband and toddler scarfed it up – as did I! Really delicious. I love your approach to food and will be making more of your recipes – as we’re trying, like you, to reduce our meat intake and up our organic produce consumption!

  7. Katie

    I made this tonight to celebrate Grilled Cheese month. I will be making them again. Yummy and easy. Thank you!

  8. Anonymous

    Have you considered using plain Greek Yogurt? It tastes just like sour cream but has no fat. I’ve been using it in many different recipes and even just as a topper on my tacos!

  9. Celeste

    I too found this one Pinterest. I made it for dinner tonight and I have to say, hands down my favorite grilled cheese ever. It being healthier than a typical grilled cheese is just a bonus! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sara

    This was absolutely tremendous! Saw it on Pinterest and added grilled tofu for added protien. Also didn’t have sour cream so I substituted ranch dressing and it was delicious!! Will definitely be making again! :) thanks!

  11. JoAnn

    I made these and they were absolutely delicious! Loved them! I added a slice of pepperjack cheese. They are addictive. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Elizabeth

    This was an excellent recipe. I substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream and it was still good.

  13. Stephanie

    Made this today for lunch and added just a bit extra artichoke, because they are yummy… I must say this is now my favorite sandwich ever… Thank you for such a yummy recipe.

  14. Lacy

    This was SO tasty! Made it tonight, added onion to the garlic, used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and used Havarti and Parmesan cheese, on homemade wheat bread:)

  15. Margaret

    Made these for dinner tonight, and they were excellent. I used Fontina cheese and Rosemary bread. My family loved them. Thanks!

  16. Evelyn

    I made this today for lunch. It was delicious! I followed the recipe…exactly. Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to make these again.

  17. Gabriella

    I just need to say THANKS !!!! My son who is a super picky eater and never ever want to eat spinach had the SPINACH ARTICHOKE GRILLED CHEESE sandwich and I have to do it once a week .. he loves spinach and the other staff like he refers to artichokes .. THANKS , GRACIAS !!!!

    1. Sonja

      You are so welcome! We’re so glad to hear this made a spinach lover out of your son — wonderful! :) Thanks for writing!

  18. Dorothy

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it this evening. The original recipe caught my attention, but so did many of the options. Thank you Alex, and all of you followers who added your input too.

  19. Ana

    My friend made the most delicious grilled cheese for our hike last Sunday I have ever had! When I asked her for the recipe she send me this link! I’m in love with your recipes! Both thumbs up!

  20. Amanda McCleese

    I made this for lunch today. It’s FANTASTIC! My 3 year old son even loves it! I love finding new/simple vegetarian recipes to try. SO GOOD!

  21. Christine H

    O-M-G. I usually do not do this, but this, THIS made me. Why have I not thought of this before? I adore all forms of grilled sandwiches and make them all of the time. I also make many different spinach-artichoke dishes. This took all of like, 7 min to throw together, and it resulted in an amazingly ooey-gooey delicious and amazing sandwich. Also- I used the jarred marinated artichokes. My only change next time…will be to use a heartier thicker bread. My standard sandwich wheat bread could not stand up to this.

  22. Anonymous

    Delicious, made a change up with no artichoke instead added bacon bits, onions, shredded marble cheese..

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