Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese
and green salad with pears
This creamy, vegetable-loaded grilled cheese sandwich is a comfort food classic that always gets great reviews when we feature it in meal plans. It's like having a warm spinach and artichoke dip that you can hold in your hand! This meal was last featured in 2020.
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Artichoke hearts, frozen or canned - 8 oz, chopped
- Cheese, provolone - 6 oz, shredded or finely chopped
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Baby spinach - 5 oz
- Mayonnaise - 3 Tbsp
- Bread, sandwich - 8 slices
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Lettuce, green leaf - 6 oz, chopped (sub any salad greens)
- Pears, any variety - 1, sliced
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Honey - 2 tsp
- Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
- Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
Heat a non-stick frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil, garlic, and artichoke hearts to heated oil. Saute until garlic is fragrant, ~1 minute. Add spinach and a pinch of salt. Saute until spinach is wilted and most of the liquid has cooked off, 3 to 4 minutes.
Transfer spinach mixture to a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. Stir in mayonnaise and cheese. Season with some salt and pepper if needed.
Wipe out pan and return it to heat.
Assemble grilled cheese sandwiches by buttering one side of each piece of bread. Place half the slices of bread buttered-side down in hot pan. Top with spinach-artichoke filling and then add remaining bread, buttered-side up. Cook until bottom of bread is golden brown, ~3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until filling is completely melted, ~3 minutes more.
While sandwiches cook, whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, and olive oil. Toss with pears and lettuce.
Slice sandwiches and enjoy with salad on the side.
He gave it 4.5 stars, I’d probably say 3. Not a huge fan of artichokes, but always a big fan of cheese. Salad wad plain, but everything came together quickly. Not great for having leftovers to take for lunch the next day which is our usual plan.1 Helpful
Only made the sandwich. It was so good!0 Helpful
This was a hit with everyone. I used apples instead of pears in the salad because that is what I had.0 Helpful
The sandwich is a bit rich. I would reduce the amount of mayonnaise if I made it again0 Helpful
I failed at this one last year but wanted to give another try because I love spinach artichoke dip. Boy am I glad I did! So good! Added the pears to the grilled cheese itself which was amazing.0 Helpful
Rich and delicious! This is a great recipe to have kids help with… stirring the filling, whisking the dressing, tossing the salad0 Helpful
It's like artichoke dip in a grilled cheese! What's not to love? :) We used frozen spinach and just drained and squeezed a little before adding.0 Helpful