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Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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!

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Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese
 
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Serves: 2 sandwiches
What You Need
  • Fresh spinach (3 cups chopped)
  • 3 canned artichoke hearts (6 ounces)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (blend of mozzarella, Monterrey jack and provolone)
  • 4 pieces bread
  • Kosher salt
  • Butter
What To Do
  1. Mince 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.

 

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79 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    April 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Now this is just dreamy. Love it!

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    Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake
    April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

    This looks delightful! I have got to jump on the grilled cheese month bandwagon and eat a few of these :D

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    Evan
    April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Sounds SO good! All of the things I love in one drippy, melt-y package :-)

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    Laura @ WyldeThyme
    April 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    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!

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      Tamara
      April 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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

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    Clayton Owen
    April 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I just happen to have all the parts to make this, can’t wait to surprise the family.

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    mona
    April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    yummy..this looks so good…..will have to try your recipe..
    Mona

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    Suzanne
    April 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Love getting creative with grilled cheese sandwiches. This looks fabulous and super easy. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    XL @ 6 Bittersweets
    April 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing — great idea and definitely going to try it soon!

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    Courtney Jones
    April 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    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!

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    telesma
    April 20, 2012 at 1:14 am

    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.

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    Lisa Marie @ MidwestVeg
    April 20, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I’ve seen a lot of grilled cheese combos out there, but this one definitely takes the cake. Artichokes AND spinach? Sounds and looks amazing!

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    Camille
    April 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    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.

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    Tanya Chasse
    April 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Very nice. I am going to add an egg to this and serve it for breakfast :)

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    Sophie Smash
    April 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Decided to try this recipe tonight as we had all the ingredients on-hand. Gotta say, simple, easy, delicious!

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    lori
    April 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    sounds so delish. why did i pick today to go on a diet. this is now my first ‘cheat’ meal!

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    Anonymous
    April 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    What kind of bread do you suggest?

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      Alex
      April 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Any whole grain bread would be delicious. We used a rye bread, which had a really nice flavor.

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    Jamieanne
    April 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Just made this for lunch today, oh my gosh, it is soooo delicious! Thanks for such a lovely recipe!

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      Alex
      April 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    sweet road
    April 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve been seeing so many grilled cheese recipes lately… They’re making me want to join in on the fun!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    April 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Mmm, this looks super good! I’m allowed to eatit because it’s vegetables, right?!

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    Lisa
    April 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    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!

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      Alex
      April 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Sorry, no — just 3 hearts, or about 1/2 a can. :) It is so yummy!

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    Mercedes
    April 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Could you use plain Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream?

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      Alex
      April 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Seems like it would work fine! Let us know if you try it.

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        Lacy
        September 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

        I did this, and it was quite delish:)

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    Robert
    April 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Joining the masses tonight and can’t wait! Doing it panini style with my new unit.

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    Anita
    April 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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    Carissa
    April 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    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!

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    Andrea
    April 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I am going to make this for dinner tonight! What do you recommend serving it with?

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    Katie
    April 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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

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    Anonymous
    May 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    looks awesome, can’t wait to try it.

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    Anonymous
    May 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    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!

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    Celeste
    May 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    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!

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    deb
    May 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I am for sure going to try this sandwich,it sounds so yummy!!!!

  • Reply
    Valerie
    June 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Made this today. Seriously delicious.

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    Harolyn Hanna
    June 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    We have a small cafe and are going to put this GREAT sandwich on our menu.

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      Alex
      June 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Funny! That’s great :)

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    Lourdes
    June 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Just made it today! It was spectacular!

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    Sara
    June 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    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!

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    JoAnn
    June 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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

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    Bree
    June 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Looks pretty fabulous! I actually have a spinach and artichoke panini in the works which is similar. This one looks amazing!

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    Elizabeth
    July 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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

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    Stephanie
    August 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    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.

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      Alex
      August 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Haha! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Lacy
    August 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    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:)

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    sarah
    September 2, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Made this for dinner with a yummy home-made tomatoe soup, soooo good!

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    Haley
    September 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Any idea the calorie amount in each sandwich?

  • Reply
    Vita
    September 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I plan to make this with goat cheese.

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    master chef
    September 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

    WOW, looks amazing :) Love your blog

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    brittney
    October 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    this was even better than i expected!
    so, so good!

    thanks for sharing!

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    Margaret
    November 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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

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      Alex
      November 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply
    tina
    November 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    So, so delicious! Loved it! Thanks for posting!

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    Brittany
    November 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    LOVED these!

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    Evelyn
    December 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    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.

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      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of our favorites :)

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    Tracey
    January 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Just made this but added grilled chicken breast… amazing sandwich!

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    Sandi
    January 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Are the artichokes packed in oil or water? I like the yogurt idea.

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      Sonja
      January 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      You can use either type! We usually use packed in water, but packed in oil would work just as well!

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    Gabriella
    February 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Hola!!
    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 !!!!

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      Sonja
      February 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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

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    Dorothy
    May 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    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.

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    Sabrina
    September 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Will sourdough bread work for this?

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      Alex
      September 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Absolutely!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    October 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I pinned this sandwich a while ago and finally got around to making it tonight. SO DELICIOUS! Both my husband I are fans. Pretty sure I’ll be making it again soon!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    November 7, 2013 at 2:07 am

    What a glorious grilled cheese!

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    Ana
    April 4, 2014 at 1:51 am

    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!

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    Amanda McCleese
    May 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    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!

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    Christine H
    August 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    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.

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    Venita Howell
    August 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

    If I had all of the ingredients I’d be making this bad boy right now…..at 1105 in the pm!

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      Sonja
      August 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Haha! It’s great any time of the day :)

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    Anonymous
    November 23, 2014 at 11:23 am

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

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    Sara
    January 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    These sandwiches are so addictive! I just make the filling ahead of time and assemble the sandwiches before work for lunch…. soooo good!

    http://www.biscuitsandburlap.com

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    Meredith
    March 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I know you posted this recipe some time ago but I just found it. I was looking for a stuffing for chicken cushions. This was excellent! Everyone in the family enjoyed it and it kept the chicken moist. We’ll be trying it in grilled cheese sandwiches next.

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