Servings: 4 melts  Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/23/4 cup milk (I used whole goat milk but whatever you have will be great)
  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • 2 cups Irish cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • salt + pepper
  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped
  • 1 ounce jar marinated artichokes chopped, 6.7
  • 8 slices sourdough or soda bread
  • Dijon mustard or Irish mustard for spreading (optional)
  • butter for spreading

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in flour until it makes a paste. Cook over medium-low heat for another 30 seconds, then slowly pour in 1/2 cup of milk. Stir and cook one minute, if your paste gets too thick splash in more milk. Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese and a pinch of salt + pepper. Stir until the cheeses are melted. Stir in the spinach + artichokes and cook over low heat until the spinach has wilted into the cheese.
  2. Heat a skillet (or griddle, etc.) over medium-low heat. Butter the outsides of every bread slice. If desired, spread the insides of the bread with mustard and then spread a good amount (anywhere from 1-3 tablespoons) of the spinach and artichoke mixture on the inside (the non-buttered side) of each slice. Add your top piece of bread, buttered-side up.
  3. Place in the hot skillet and cook until each side is golden and crisp and cheese has melted, about 3-4 minutes per side. Plate, slice and EAT.