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
Very good, and easy. Crowd pleaser for the family.0 Helpful
Only made sandwich....so yummy!! Great combination of flavors and not too time consuming to make0 Helpful
Delicious! Salad is a nice tart counter point to the sandwich. Go ahead and add more spinach0 Helpful
This was pretty good, but needed something. Maybe some shredded Parm? Made on sourdough.0 Helpful
This was a good meal. A little more work than I like for a sandwich, but it was a nice meal.0 Helpful
I just love this easy and fancy weeknight meal!0 Helpful