Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!I made a grave mistake recently.  It was a completely unacceptable mistake, and it had to get corrected immediately.  I made a batch of spinach artichoke dip…without confirming that we had enough tortilla chips in the house.  Turns out we were down to the last few tortilla chips.  Oh boy.  How is one supposed to enjoy spinach artichoke dip without tortilla chips!?

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!We do like dipping carrot sticks in spinach artichoke dip, but we were all out of carrots, too.  I failed at the advance planning here, folks.  But then I looked over and saw some leftover Texas toast from that morning’s french toast.  Hmm.  Texas toast.  I had butter in the fridge, and I had some extra cheese as well.  Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese!  Laura looked at me like I had a screw loose, but I convinced her to give it a shot…and these grilled cheeses were delicious!

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Truth be told, spinach artichoke dip is probably on the list of top 3 favorite dips in our house.  There’s so much cheesy goodness going on there!  Plus, it includes spinach, so that means it’s healthy, right?  The dip recipe I used for these Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese sandwiches is our go-to spinach artichoke dip recipe.  I’ve made this one so many times that I can almost recite it from memory.  Almost.  After all, we do have a 3-year old toddler, and I’ve found that my ability to remember things is inversely related to Robbie’s age.

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!Will these sandwiches take the place of tortilla chips or shoving my face directly into the pan of dip?  Probably not.  But these sandwiches were delicious, and they certainly may show up on the menu again.  (Plus, they saved me from having to make a run to the grocery store just for chips.)  If you’re looking for a fun twist on a grilled cheese sandwich, try stuffing it with spinach artichoke dip!  Enjoy!

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!Did you make this Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese at home?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!

Looking for more tasty grilled cheese ideas?  Check out these other favorites:

Meatball Parm Grilled Cheese
3-Cheese Breakfast Grilled Cheese
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese
Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup – It’s a grilled cheese sandwich…in soup form!

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 725kcal

Ingredients

For the Spinach Artichoke Filling

  • 24 oz. frozen spinach
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced white onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese divided

For the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • 8 slices thick-cut bread
  • salted butter room temperature
  • ½ tsp Italian seasonings
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions

For the Spinach Artichoke Filling

  • Cook the spinach according to the instructions on the package. Once cooked, press the spinach into a colander to drain out as much liquid as possible. Set spinach aside. (Tip: Press spinach with paper towels to soak up the extra liquid.)
  • Using a large sauté pan, add olive oil and place over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic; cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, chopped artichokes, salt, paprika, ½ cup of Monterey Jack cheese and drained spinach. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until mixture begins to simmer (~5 minutes).

For the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • Preheat large griddle or skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Butter one side of each of the slices of bread. Sprinkle Italian seasonings and garlic powder on top. Place four slices of bread buttered-side down. Top each with several generous spoonfuls of spinach artichoke filling, pressing filling down slightly.
  • Divide remaining ½ cup of Monterey Jack cheese on top and then add remaining slices of bread (buttered-side up).
  • Place sandwiches onto griddle. Cook on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, or until bottom slice of bread is golden brown.
  • Flip and continue cooking until other side is golden brown and cheese has completely melted.

Notes

You will have leftover spinach artichoke dip.  Serve with tortilla chips or sliced carrots!

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is what happens when you run out of tortilla chips.  I think I stumbled onto a favorite new idea for grilled cheese sandwiches!

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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh boy! That’s one amazing sammy! I love artichoke dip and I love grilled cheese sandwiches so this is indeed a perfect combination! You know many great inventions stem from an error. This never would have happened if you had a full bag of chip!

    1. You make an excellent point here, Kathy! There really are a lot of things that were discovered by accident. In fact, I seem to recall a story about chewing gum being invented by accident. Hmmm…I’ll have to google that one now. Either way, this sammy is deee-licious! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    David, what a happy accident! Spinach artichoke dip and grilled cheese are two of our favorites. So happy to see them together! I often serve the spinach dip with sliced baguette. I’m missing out on those buttery, crispy outsides! A question for you. What exactly is Texas toast? Sometimes I see it as thickly sliced bread. Other times I see it as thick slices of bread that have been buttered and toasted.

    1. Happy accident for sure! I can’t believe we actually ran out of tortilla chips…that never happens around here! But I’m kinda glad we did (at least in this one occasion).

      That’s a great question about Texas Toast. I’ve always referred to Texas Toast as thickly sliced white bread. In fact, the bag of bread has “Texas Toast” on it. However, I believe there’s also a frozen garlic bread company called “Texas Toast.” It’s confusing for sure! In this case, I’m referring to the thickly sliced white bread. Using buttered garlic toast for this sandwich might be a little over the top…haha! 🙂

    1. Same here, Alexandra! More often than not, mistakes in the kitchen don’t lead to something even more delicious than the original. However, this time was totally different! That sammich was amazing! Although I’m still surprised I let us run out of tortilla chips. That doesn’t happen around here!

  3. Hi David! The minute I saw the picture of these sandwiches my mouth started watering! These sound SO delicious! I can’t wait to make and devour these! You have the ability to make due with what you have and that is a very good trait!!

    1. These sandwiches really are delicious, Dorothy! You’ve got the creamy spinach artichoke filling coupled with the slightly crispy and buttery toast. I’m totally going to make these again…and not by accident this time. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    David – you seem to be suffering from my frequent “forgot the chips” affliction! Happens when we have too many avocados, i.e. when we make lots of guacamole, or when i wanted to make Taco Salad. But I digress.. this sandwich is brilliant! A great way to eat spinach artichoke dip. And, it does include that spinach, so it is a full meal! I think you covered all of your food groups here!

    1. Yes! I totally understand the “forgot the chips” affliction, Laura. Actually, mine is more like an “I ate all the chips…oops” affliction. Haha! Either way, the sandwich turned out quite well, and I’m totally going to make these again…and not by accident this time! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    As a lazy and boring person, I would probably eat that delicious dip just with a spoon or serve it with this toasted bread. Obviously, you’re not a lazy person and you’ve got some imagination. So you’ve turned both the dip and bread into something super delicious; that’s another level of grilled cheese. Awesome, David!

    1. Hah! I totally understand your point about eating the dip with a spoon or toasted bread. In fact, I have no idea why I didn’t go to the toasted bread. Instead, I saw the bread and thought ‘sandwich!’ Either way, these sandwiches turned out well, and I’ve gotta say this is a new favorite grilled cheese around here! Thanks, Ben! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Some of the best dishes come from inconvenient situations like running out of chips and carrots, lol! (Read the history of Caesar Salad!)

    I love spinach artichoke dip and, honestly, think I’d like it even better as a grilled cheese than a dip! Definitely a must try!

    1. Caesar Salad was invented by mistake? I’ll have to go read that story now! I’ve gotta say that I was pretty sad when I realized I was out of chips, but the sandwich made things totally ok! 🙂 Thanks, Marissa!

    1. Thank you so much, Macy! I love a good spinach artichoke dip, so turning that into a grilled cheese sandwich was a fun experiment! 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by to comment…don’t be a stranger!

  7. oh david you have me drooling! and it’s not a pretty sight – tee hee:) but your grilled cheese sandwiches are – pretty that is. how delicious. cheers sherry

    1. Yes! This sandwich came about a bit by mistake this time. Next time, it won’t be a mistake at all. It was so yummy! Thanks, Nicole! 🙂

    1. Normally I wouldn’t be excited about running out of chips…but this time it totally worked out in my favor! 🙂 Thanks so much, Valentina!

    1. Haha! Well…healthy might still be a bit of a stretch, Frank. But this one does indeed have spinach in it, so we’ll go with it! 🙂

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