Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese
with frisee and pear salad
We creatively turn addictive spinach-artichoke dip into a creamy filling for grilled cheese sandwiches that is suited for adult tastes, but the young ones will be asking for more too. Pair it with a frisee and pear salad that balances out these rich sandwiches with tart and sweet notes.
- Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
- Artichoke hearts, frozen or canned - 8 oz, chopped
- Cheese, provolone - 6 oz, shredded or thinly sliced
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Spinach, baby - 5 oz
- Mayonnaise - 3 Tbsp
- Bread, sandwich - 8 slices
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Pears, any variety - 1, sliced
- Frisee (sometimes called curly endive; sub any salad greens) - 4 bunches, chopped
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Honey - 2 tsp
- Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Heat a non-stick frying pan or skillet over medium-high. Add oil and 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 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 oil. Toss with pears and frisee.
- Slice sandwiches and enjoy with salad on the side.
I found this to be a lot of work for a just-OK grilled cheese. I think next time I'd cut the mayo.0 Helpful
Very tasty and easy! Well done!0 Helpful
SO GOOD! Best of both worlds: grilled cheese sandwiches and spinach artichoke dip. There was nothing I didn't love about this sandwich.0 Helpful
I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did! Delicious. I skipped the mayo.0 Helpful
Added Parmesan. No mayo.0 Helpful
The salad was so simple yet surprisingly delicious. We used jarred (pre-spiced) artichokes so skipped adding more spices to the sandwich mixture, and no mayo because of an egg allergy, but it was still delicious.0 Helpful