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Spinach-Artichoke Panini Bites

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 sandwiches
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Ingredients

4 ounces cream cheese

1 tablespoon sour cream 

1 clove garlic, smashed 

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (from 1/2 lemon) 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

One 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 

1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained 

1/2 cup grated mozzarella

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1/2 cup mayonnaise 

12 slices white bread

Directions

Special equipment:
2 rimmed baking sheets
  1. Put a rimmed baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, lemon zest, salt, spinach and artichoke hearts in a food processor. Pulse until evenly combined. Add the mozzarella and Parmesan; pulse to combine.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise over half of the bread slices. Place the slices, mayo-side down, on a second rimmed baking sheet and spread evenly with the spinach filling, all the way to the edges. Top with the other 6 slices of bread. Spread the top slices with the remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Carefully, remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and place it directly on top of the sandwiches. Transfer the double-stacked baking sheets to the oven and bake until the sandwiches are golden brown and the filling is melted, about 15 minutes.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into bite-size squares or triangles. Serve warm.