I’ll be the first to admit it – Canadians tend to be little crazy when it comes to the weather. Last week, it was uncharacteristically cold, even for Northern Alberta. Temperatures in Edmonton got down to -40 with a windshield, which I think is colder than most people can imagine. Today, it was a solid -10, which is cold, but pretty normal for this time of year. However, I witnessed some people doing some fairly abnormal things.
First, there was the (otherwise totally normal looking) guy wearing a winter jacket, jeans, and flip flops. Like, sandal flip flops. Then as I was leaving the library tonight (which shares an entrance with the University Hospital) a guy was walking outside literally wearing nothing but a hospital gown. I must not have been hiding my thoughts very well, because he said to me, “I’ve been in worse”. I mean, maybe I’m a bit of a wimp… but seriously?
Between the weather and the fact that it’s finals week, I’ve been craving nothing but comfort food. Okay. Maybe I always crave comfort food, but I feel like those are good excuses.
I have mentioned my love of grilled cheese sandwiches before, and you can bet this will not be the last time. This one is stuffed full of delicious buttery-spinach-artichoke-cheesy-garlicky goodness. Like spinach artichoke dip in sandwich form. Delightful.
Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
Makes 1 sandwich – but feel free to double!
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Butter
3 Artichoke Hearts, quartered
1 small clove Garlic, minced
1 cup Fresh Spinach
2 tbsp Water
2 slices Multigrain Bread
1 tbsp Cream Cheese
2 slices Aged White Cheddar
1. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 tsp butter, and once melted, add in chopped artichokes and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden. Add spinach and water and stir until spinach is wilted. Set mixture aside.
2. Increase heat under the skillet to medium. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread cream cheese onto the non-buttered side of one slice. Place the slice of bread without cream cheese onto the skillet, buttered side down. Place the two slices of cheese onto it, followed by the spinach artichoke mixture. Finally, place the other slice of bread (the one with the cream cheese!) on top, buttered side up.
3. Grill sandwich for about 3 minutes and then carefully flip. Grill other side for 3 minutes, until both sides are golden brown.
4. Slice in half and serve hot.