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Well hey, hi! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Delicious, exciting things happening around here today.

I mean, hello are you not looking at all that melty cheese?? Oh and umm, those homemade potato chips? YESSSS!

Ok, so here’s the deal, I have some seriously fun things to share today. One is most definitely these Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melts. The second is just a little announcement that I am SO excited to share! Do you guys remember how I was nominated for Better Homes and Garden Blogger Awards?? Well, guess what?

You guys voted… and I won!

Ahhh!! So excited and so grateful to all you guys that voted and continue to support HBH daily. Seriously, thank you!! ?

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

As a thank you to all my friends around the world, I am bringing these melts to the table today.

I feel like it’s been a bit since we’ve done a seriously cheesy recipe, so you know I had to make up for that with something KILLER…enter these cheesy, butter fried Irish spinach and artichoke melts. AKA the ultimate lunch, dinner and yes, hangover food. Meaning not only are these melts perfect for celebrating the Irish today, but they might just be even better for tomorrow…

For real.

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

All joking aside, it really doesn’t get better than these melts + salty homemade potato chips. Whether you are partying it up today or just hanging at home (that would be ME)… you NEED these in your life.

Just like any good melt/grilled cheese you need three very important ingredients.

…one: good bread. I recommend a sourdough, but a savory Irish Soda bread would also be really fun too! I actually used a loaf of rye for the photos you see, but I think I prefer the sourdough to the rye. I found the rye to be a bit overpowering.

…two: CHEESE. I mean, duh. I kept the cheese in these melts simple, but GOOD. You need a sharp white Irish Cheddar…legit. This cheese will solve all your problems and it makes for the most awesome melt. Honest. 🙂

…three: butter, Irish butter to be exact. Sure, you can totally use olive oil, but let’s just be real, you know that butter is going to give you that golden crust we all know and love. And I mean, come on, it is St. Patrick’s Day, have some fun! If you have yet to try Irish Style butter, today is the day. I like to use Kerrygold brand…it even comes in fun gold packaging too! Gotta love the Irish and their gold!

OK. So those are your three must-haves for a good melt, but lets talk about this spinach and artichoke filling. Think spinach and artichoke dip, but stuffed into a sammie, and then toasted in a skillet with butter!

It’s EVERYTHING.

All you need to round out this Irish meal is potato chips. I fried mine in olive oil to be a bit healthier, and then tossed them with flaky salt and um…parmesan. I did not include the potato chips as part of the recipe but if you do want to make your own, they are so simple.

Just heat a pot of oil to 325 degrees F. Thinly slice your potatoes using a mandolin, fry thirty seconds to one minute. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt + parmesan.

Serve alongside your melts… then DEVOUR…fair waring they are completely addicting.

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Melts
Calories Per Serving: 240 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2-3/4 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 + peper
  • 2 cups fresh spinach frozen chopped spinach thawed), or 1/2 cup (about 5 ounces
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...with a large side of fresh fried potato chips. 🙂

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Now bring on the Drunken Irish Cake.

Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    Congratulations Tieghan on your nomination. This looks absolutely delicious. I’m going to a St. Patrick’s party and there are too many people to make melts for everyone so I’m going to use your recipe as a dip with a sourdough sliced baguette. I will be making one melt for me to enjoy before the party. Keep up the great recipes.

  2. Hello! Was wondering if you could possibly make the cheese mixture ahead of time and how long it could be refrigerated for. College grad house of 1. So it would be great to have enough for a couple days. Thanks! I can’t wait to try these.

    1. Hey Jess! Yes! You can make the cheese mix and keep in the fridge until ready to use. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this!

  3. Just curious,,,, should I have drained the artichoke’s? I didn’t and it seemed a little runny. Very yummy though. Got tons left after making 4 sandwich’s so I need to come up with something to do with my leftovers.

    1. Hey Beth, yes, the artichokes should be drained. Sorry if that was confusing. Hope you loved this, thanks!

  4. So many congrats on your win, Tieghan! Very well deserved! This, as well as pretty much all your posts, looks gorgeous & delicious. I loooove artichokes, but I’m sometimes stuck for inspiration on how to use them.

  5. Just made and devoured this – it was soooo good! My only problem was that the cheese mixture didn’t really stick to the bread, so it ended up slipping out. Any way to prevent this next time? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jamie!!

      Add a sprinkle of extra cheese to each slice of bread BEFORE adding the melted cheese mixture. The extra cheese will act like glue and help everything hold together. THANKS!

  6. Congrats Tieghan!! You totally deserve it! Your blog is wonderful! And so is this sandwich!! That cheese! YUM!

  7. Congratulations on the WINNNNN babe! You deserve it all! With your photography, honesty, humor and creativity, of course you should win! This looks fantastic–the cheese and spinach just ooze out together beautifully!

  8. This melt looks beyond fab, just what I’m craving for dinner. Congrats on BHG, the win is well deserved! 🙂

  9. This looks amazing! The perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!
    xo Anna Lynn with Waiting on Martha

  10. Oh my how I WANT this grilled cheese! I just can’t get over that melted cheese and artichoke chunks oozing out! Looks so delicious, and congrats on the win!

  11. Congrats on the win!!! You deserve it! Reading your blogs make my morning, so I was happy to be voting/rooting for you! 🙂 That sandwich sounds incredible!

  12. That sandwich makes my heart beat a little faster – it looks so good! Congratulations – you absolutely deserved the win!

    xx, Caitlin

  13. Congratulations, Girl! You are more than deserving! The content of your blog is consistently amazing EVERYDAY!

  14. Congratulations! PS – These sandwiches look amazing. I’m totally putting the ingredients on my grocery list. I think my picky 15 month old could even get on board with this sandwich.

  15. Congratulations on your win! Your work is absolutely beautiful!! This sandwich looks delicious + Happy St. Patrick’s Day! xo

  16. Awesome news! Congratulations on your win (WELL DESERVED)!!! And this sandwich and chips look amazing!!!

  17. Congratulations Tieghan! You earned and deserved this win! As always my mouth is watering just looking at your photos.

  18. Oh yay !!!! Congrats Tieghan 🙂 I am so happy for you. You so deserve the win 🙂
    Now, OMW, I just have to make this sandwich ….I could kick myself for not buying spinach this morning, but never fear, I am going back to buy it and this is what I am making for tomorrow nights supper 🙂 …OMW it looks soooooo divine !!!!!

  19. I’m so happy for you, Tieghan! Congratulations, and holy crap! This sandwich looks downright insane! Knocked it out of the park with this one!

  20. Hmmm we made a spinach & artichoke dip not too long ago and that was pretty good, but THIS – this looks even better. Those oozing cheese pics are mouthwatering!

  21. congrats on the win!! it was well-deserved, considering how much quality content you push out (and it looked like there was tough competition, too!). this melt- i love cheesy spinach artichoke dip, and i’ve been meaning to splurge on some nice irish butter, so this melt sounds amazing!

  22. Congrats Tieghan! You are such a hard worker and every post of yours is always on point, like this? grilled cheese sandwich that I’m deff gonna make!?