Spinach and artichoke dip gets all shook up in this Open-Faced Spinach, Artichoke and White Bean Grilled Cheese!
open-faced spinach, artichoke, and white bean grilled cheese

For those days when having an entire pan of hot cheesy dip for dinner sounds like real life.

Or, like the life that you want your real life to be, if only things like “food pyramids” and “consequences” didn’t exist.

Well phooey on them.

We are going to have our dip, eat it too, and call it lunch. And it’s going to be splendid.

When I dip, you dip, we dip.


Spinach and artichoke dip actually makes me feel a little virtuous while I’m eating it.

I mean, it contains two shades of green! That’s more than your typical ranch dressing or onion dip can say.

Add a few white beans into the mix for creaminess, and it’s basically angelic.

Then stir in some creme fraiche and show that dip what you’re really made of, you vixen, you.

Smear it all over a carbohydrate of some shape or form (I highly recommend bagels, beer bread, and roasted sweet potatoes), top with cheese, and bake until melty.


Dip for dinner just doesn’t get any more socially acceptable better than this.


Open-Faced Spinach, Artichoke and White Bean Grilled Cheese
Spinach and artichoke dip gets all shook up in this open-faced spinach, artichoke and white bean dip grilled cheese!
Yield: 5 servings
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup creme fraiche
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 oz canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 lb frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 5 bagels
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the parmesan cheese, creme fraiche, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, and white beans. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the artichoke hearts and spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the dip over your carbohydrate of choice. Top with shredded cheese, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is melty and starting to brown. Serve warm.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich


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55 Responses to Open-Faced Spinach, Artichoke and White Bean Grilled Cheese

  1. Kristen says:

    This is a brilliantly delicious idea!!

  2. We love making open faced grilled cheese sandwiches! I love your ingredient combo with this one. I would really like this for breakfast right now too! 🙂

  3. So, have you been spying on me and simultaneously trying to improve my quality of life? I grabbed spinach, artichokes, some cream cheese, mozzarella and pita bread at the store to make (very sad and pathetic) spinach and artichoke pizza lunches — this looks sooo much better! Luckily I keep white beans on hand, because this is my new lunch.

  4. Spinach artichoke dip meets grilled grilled is probably the best mash up of all time! I love open face sandwiches!!

  5. cquek says:

    It looks delicious! I’ll try on this weekend 🙂

  6. Johanna GGG says:

    yes I would love that for dinner – and I can vouch for spinach and bean dip and cheese on oatcakes so I am sure your dip would work (must eat more artichokes!)

  7. Brian says:

    I’m totally into this! Definitely adding these to my next grilled cheese.

  8. Yummm!!! Such a great combination of flavors! Love this.

  9. I would literally make this every day for lunch and never look back.

  10. Barbara says:

    Love open face sammies. Usually mine aren’t as healthy as this one, but I really like the combo. And….I avoid all that butter. A winner, Joanne!

  11. I am embarrassed to say this but I only tried my first artichoke not long ago and still need to try it in a few different recipes to make my mind up…this is the one, me thinks 😉

  12. easy- delicious- creative! I LOVE IT

  13. Megan says:

    I would be all over this dip, sandwich, all of it!

  14. Dip for dinner! This sounds insanely good.

  15. What a fun idea – love the beans you added!

  16. All meals should include cheese and carbs.

  17. Abby says:

    Basically the best meal ever. 🙂 Great idea!

  18. Cheese + carbs. All I need in life, really.

  19. When I dip, you dip, we dip. Let’s dip together with these. NOW.

  20. artichoke, spinach, and cheese = winner dinner.

  21. gloria says:

    delicioso! I want right now for lunch one of this Joanne:)

  22. This is my kind of grilled cheese! Love spinach and artichoke!

  23. I saw this on Instagram and proceeded to cry for 10 minutes because it wasn’t my lunch :'( It looks so darn awesome oh weellll.

  24. cheri says:

    This is the perfect sandwich, love this combination!

  25. Pam says:

    I want this for lunch!

  26. Shashi says:

    “When I dip, you dip, we dip” …and now Da Dip is stuck in my head…and I wouldn’t mind walking around with spinach stuck in my teeth if this was the reason for it being stuck! Deeeeelicious!

  27. I love dip. I love green. And spinach is my kryptonite, so, um…. I love you.

  28. Kate says:

    Dip is a totally appropriate dinner. It has all the components of a meal – protein (cheese) veggies (spinach) and carbs (whatever you put it on!)

  29. Eileen says:

    Oh man, this sounds great! I love the idea of spinach & artichoke in a grilled cheese sandwich, but I think I like the sweet potato idea even better. Who doesn’t need more sweet potato in their life, right?

  30. Susan says:

    You do come up with the best ideas! They sound wonderful and another tempting way to get those artichokes and spinach eaten.

  31. This is a great idea! And, my kids would love this sandwich open or closed. Yum!

  32. Hotly Spiced says:

    I make an artichoke and white bean dip and I love it. This looks really yummy, Joanne and I imagine it’s highly addictive xx

  33. This looks so tasty! I love the combination of white beans and artichoke 🙂

  34. Amazing open faced grilled cheese sandwiches…this combination gives all the comfort of a cheesy spinach dip over a crisp slice of bread and with a melty topping ..which makes it all the more scrumptious,thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  35. mmmm, this sounds so good. Just the thing for a bag of frozen spinach no one really wants to eat!

  36. Christine says:

    Oh yum! And so easy. Must try. Like the idea of a bagel for the base.

  37. Sounds like my kind of sandwich! Delicious.

  38. Monet says:

    Top anything with cheese and I’m sold 🙂 Thanks for sharing Joanne!

  39. Genius ideas! Delicious and healthy is always welcomed here. I love the addition of white beans. Pinning!

  40. A fantastic idea, Joanne. Bet it would be great to do with tortillas too.
    Have a great day!

  41. I nearly ate the screen when I saw this!

  42. I love this open-face style grilled cheese with dip! Can’t wait to try it with bagels or pita bread. Yum!

  43. Deena kakaya says:

    Anything with artichokes and cheese is swoon-worthy in my opinion, the spinach takes it to another level xx

  44. Wow, I wish I had this for lunch!!!!

  45. Hot sandwiches go over big in my family. This one is definitely unique and also easy. It’s a form of a one dish meal in my book.

  46. This is totally genius. What a great combo with the veggies, cheese and beans. Ultra healthy and I bet it was super tasty and delicious.

  47. Some how Joanne when it’s green you can have anything with it and it is very virtuous. You are right. it can be like the life you want your real life to be!!

  48. grace says:

    heck of a way to eat your greens, joanne! awesome!

  49. Reeni says:

    I love the way you think! And I love this new way to eat dip! Especially with those creamy white beans. Count me in!

  50. Lynna says:

    I know a ton of people who would absolutely LOVE this!!! I mean, dip on a bagel? Total win!

  51. Dino loves artichokes – he would be all over this beauty!

  52. Elizabeth says:

    Bookmarked… this looks fabulous, Joanne!

  53. jaisree says:

    This was an awesome recipe. I tried it just now. It turned out just like the restaurant dip.
    We loved it. Thank you !

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