Monday, November 21, 2016

My Mom's Artichoke Dip #WholeFoodsGiveaway #myholidaytradish


My mom's artichoke dip is  fabulous and so simple to make. Three ingredients and presto, that's it! My stand by recipe since college; I always have a can of artichoke hearts waiting in my pantry for when the urge strikes. Yes,  I've been making it for over 40 years now which means it has stood the test of time. There are a zillion recipes for artichoke dips out there. Some contain cream cheese, others contain spinach, John Elway's has giardiniera, but mine has just the magic three. Artichoke hearts, mayo and Parmesan cheese. No need to mess with the trinity. Quick and easy, this can be made without even rolling up your shirt sleeves. Eating potato chips slathered with artichoke dip, is just an extra added bonus!

Whole Foods has me thinking about family traditions. It so happens that this artichoke dip was always a part of our family Thanksgivings. All dips are special to me; even those that come in the plastic tub labeled onion dip at the grocery. However our family was not big on dips and artichoke dip is the first I remember my mother making. Though now that I am thinking about it she was also quite fond of onion soup mix combined with sour cream. Truthfully though, I don't remember any other dinner where my mom actually made an appetizer and boy did we embrace this idea!

Thanksgiving dinner was just our family of five. My grandfather and uncle owned 2 grocery stores and those didn't close until early evening, which means they celebrated late.  I do not remember celebrating with others, though my dad did smoke every one's turkey that lived in the neighborhood. Well, that is if they rolled their grills up the alley to our back yard. Yes, Thanksgiving found Wildwood Avenue smelling heavenly.


My favorite Thanksgiving celebration was right before we married. Manservant and I got married on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. That was one occasion where our home was filled with lots of people. It was also probably one of the last Thanksgivings I had in my ancestral home. It was, I must admit, one of my happiest memories.  Being surrounded by so many people that I loved, I remember being giddy with joy. I do love celebrating with many. It seems so much more festive that way. And that reminds me that this year is number 35 for us. It also reminds me of everyone that was with us so long ago. How I miss those faces.

My folks now live in Phoenix and hate travelling this time of year. They are hosting their own small group of six and we... well we are two this year. Hey, I'm not complaining. Last year Manservant didn't even make it home. We will be joining friends and there will even be a little bambino there celebrating his 1st Thanksgiving. How exciting, though I doubt he will remember.

But back to this simply divine artichoke dip. I know my mom will be making this for her celebration and I couldn't resist  not making it for Manservant me. It is sitting on the table for grazing purposes as we speak. I wrote about artichoke dip before and I gave out a good recipe for leftover artichoke dip used to make a great chicken baguette sandwich. Check it out if you want something else that's good. And keep in mind that this artichoke dip was with me way back when. It was there on that day 35 years ago and I hope it will be there 35 years from now.
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Yield: 4-8 ServingsPrint Recipe

MY MOM'S ARTICHOKE DIP

PREP TIME: 10 MINSCOOK TIME: 30 MINSTOTAL TIME: 40 MINS

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, well drained
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1 c grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine the three ingredients in a blender or food processor and combine until processed into a smooth mixture. (I use an immersion blender, but a processor gives the best results.) Spread into a heat proof dish and sprinkle with additional cheese if you want.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes or until mixture is golden on the top and crispy on the edges. Serve with potato chips.
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29 comments:

  1. Such a classic:)

    So curious..how did your husband et the nickname Manservant?
    Happy Thanksgiving:)

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    1. Here is the link to the post: http://www.thisishowicook.com/2013/09/corn-bread-blueberry-bread-pudding-or.html He gave himself the name! I used to call him Rabbitcatcher because he was so intent on ridding our yard of rabbits until one day he came up to me as I was busy slaving in the kitchen and he said, "Here I am. Manservant at your service." I told him I liked the sound of that and it stuck! Just wish it worked!

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    2. My husband is Squirrelcatcher then:)

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  2. Hey, Abbe, this simple recipe made my day!! Love it!!
    Thank you!!

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    1. So happy Camus. I think it may become a new tradition for you, too!

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  3. First of all, this dip with only 3 ingredients is genius! We love the simplicity to making a dip like this for the holidays- so thank you for this recipe! Second, our favorite holiday tradition has always been the kids would get up early morning for breakfast, then watch the Macy's Thanksgiving parade on TV as we (the cooks) prep the turkey and other side dishes for our family gathering later that afternoon. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. We do the same! Love the parade. But I also love the dog show! I always watch for the Skke terriers. Last year they were second!

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  4. Wow, that dip looks so easy and delicious. I love the crusty top. Our favorite Holiday tradition involves a pickle ornament. I sneak it onto the tree before Christmas and whoever finds it first gets a treat!
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  5. I follow you on pinterest as deniseleb. Thanks!

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  6. Great story about your family and wedding! Those were the days, for sure, rolling the grills up the alley! There will be 6 of us around the Thanksgiving table and I'll be the only female. Then there's poker later. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Oh my gosh, artichoke dip on a chicken baguette. You are my kind of girl.

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  8. Wonderful and enticing recipe. Our Thanksgiving tradition is having all the kids and grandchildren over for lunch and then stay for the afternoon with storytelling and snacks later in the afternoon.

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  9. Abs, Thanks for the great Thanksgiving memories. One question---How did your dip get so crusty and brown ?

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  10. I like to have the kids make place settings for our holiday table.

    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  11. I dearly love artichoke dip but never seem to remember to make it. Maybe it need to keep from canned artichoke hearts in my pantry as a reminder :) Happy Anniversary and Happy Thanksgiving, Abbe!

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    1. Thanks Susan! Trust me. Keep a can on hand and you will always have an appetizer!

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  12. Happy Anniversary! What a NEAT time of the year to get married! Also what a wonderful dip -- agree the classic trinity is all you need. Thanks!

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  13. Every Christmas we make cookies for Santa with our kids, and we make cut-outs and let them decorate them. It is one of the few times when they are "helping" in the kitchen, and actually are helping.

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  14. Happy Anniversary Abbe! A 3 ingredient appetizer is just what we all need to get through the crazy holidays.

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  15. My mom never made artichoke dip, but my friend's moms did and it was so good. Yours looks yummy and just the thing for two love birds sharing Thanksgiving alone and together. :) Hope you have a very happy and memorable Thanksgiving Abbe!

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  16. My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is enjoying my brother's latest cocktail creation while playing a game of Clue before the big meal

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  17. Oh, I love this dip! I remember my first taste back in the '80's!!! I need to find an excuse to make this ASAP. Let's see, my favorite holiday tradition is simple---just having the 5 of us for the big meal, then leftovers later in the day! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! xoxo

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  18. My mom never made artichoke dip, but it was my Son's specialty for quite a time. I love this recipe. How wonderful that you got married during such a joyous time. Thanks for sharing. Besides the tradition of pumpkin pie and family, after TG dinner, we'd all load up and go pheasant hunting. And then back to the house for leftovers. :) And thanks for the link-up - :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. favorite tradition is making pizzelle cookies every year

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  20. I've been making candy and baking cookies with my nieces the weekend before Christmas for many years and it's something we really look forward to.

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  21. Love these old-time recipes, Abbe. They're quite often easy to make with few ingredients. More importantly, they taste good. That's why they've survived! I hope to see this dip on my table sometime over the holidays. Thanks!

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