Spinach and Artichoke Melts
Found on Bon Appétit Magazine, this spinach artichoke melt recipe is like your favorite creamy dip – but in a form you (and your kids) can happily eat for dinner. Serves 4.
½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
10 oz. baby spinach
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
2 oz. Parmesan, finely grated (about ½ cup)
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
Juice of ½ lemon
Dash or 2 of hot sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
2 oz. chilled cream cheese, cut into ½” pieces
4 slices country-style bread (e.g. sourdough), ½”-thick
Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
6 slices provolone cheese
- Heat broiler. Bring ½ cup water and a large pinch of salt to a simmer in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach, a fistful at a time, letting it wilt slightly before adding more and using tongs or a heatproof rubber spatula to toss as you go. Continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until all of the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, then squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
- Drain artichoke hearts and press out as much liquid as you can. Coarsely chop artichoke hearts and spinach and place in a large bowl. Add garlic, Parmesan, mayonnaise, lemon juice, hot sauce, and ½ tsp. salt and mix well; season with pepper. Gently mix in cream cheese, taking care not to fully break up pieces. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
- Arrange slices of bread on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and broil until lightly toasted, about 1 minute per side. Drizzle 1 side of each toast with oil and spoon spinach mixture on top, packing it on and taking care to cover edges so they don’t burn. Cut 2 slices of cheese in half. Place a slice and a half of cheese on top of each toast, arranging so that spinach mixture is covered.
- Broil toasts until cheese is melted and browned in spots, about 2 minutes (keep a watchful eye on toasts as no two broilers are the same and you don’t want the toasts to burn).