Retro Artichoke Dip & That Spinach One Too




Artichoke Dip started out as “California Dip”.  At least that is what my California born fellow military wives called it.  Magazines called it by that as well. Unsurprisingly, we first had at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. Mind you. I barely knew what an artichoke was before we moved there!  I bought fresh artichokes by the brown paper grocery bag full for a dollar!  The Artichoke Capital, Castroville was the next valley over.




Honestly,  we military wives have a large assortment of recipes from many regions and cultures.  Our self published cookbooks as fund-raisers was our method of passing them along.  Pre-internet days.  Pre-blogging.  Most of us were pretty good cooks. Having folks over or carrying a dish to a pot luck appetizer gathering or dinner was frequent and fun.




Often the food served was hot and cold appetizers and “finger” food.




If you need a quick appetizer that is SUPER easy that’s a bit cheaper but has big flavor, try this.  It has been so long since I’ve made it or been where it was served, it may just be a “new” dish for your family and guests.



Retro Artichoke Dip 

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 can artichoke hearts drained & broken up

sprinkle of garlic salt to taste

a shake or 2 of Tabasco sauce to taste

Mix.  Bake 15 -20 min at 350 degrees in 8×8 greased baking pan or similar size

Serve with butter or chicken flavored crackers






One friend scooped the dip into a large conch shell.  What a fabulous way to serve up delicious! If there were left overs, we had it for breakfast.

Let me tell you, we ate well.   The party food was so good!

Fast forward to our post retirement years living overseas.

We came home for 6 months with all of our kids including our two treasured younger daughters.

While visiting my dad we headed  to the revised renovated downtown of Chattanooga for some sight seeing and dinner.  A plug for Chattanooga.  Check out their website. There’s lots to do for couples and families.

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse was the dinner destination.  We ordered spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips.  It may have been our first time having it.

Meg, our youngest was around 18 months at the time. Grandpa feed her chips loaded with dip. If he was too slow, she began to cry.  There were 9 off us but soon the table appetizer became hers.  He was having a great time with her!

Dad ordered another one…”bring it fast” were the instructions.  Poor Meg was beside herself.  The dip was gone. We were amazed at how she loved this dish.  In her defence, it was a long day and she was most definitely hungry!

Meg ate the entire thing!  By herself.  She still will often order that for her meal.

I served it recently. See the rest of the menu here.


Here’s the recipe.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Hot flavoerful dip using fresh spinach and artichoke hearts. Included dairy.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: California
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup chopped sauted spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1½ cup (1 can) artichoke hearts
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp to taste red pepper flakes (or Tabasco sauce)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (optional)
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Lightly grease baking dish appx 8 x8 or pie dish
  3. Saute fresh spinach in olive oil with garlic powder (if frozen squeeze out all liquid)
  4. Drain artichokes; squeeze to beak into small pieces
  5. Im medium pan, mix together over med low heat, cream cheese, sour cream, Paramesan cheese
  6. Remove from heat; stir in mayo, spinach and artichoke hearts
  7. Put in baking dish
  8. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown
  9. Serve with crispy French bread slices or tortilla chips


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  1. says

    Oh, my! This sounds wonderful! I make one that is similar to the second one. Thanks for the reminder…I haven’t made it in quite a while! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving sweet encouragement behind. So happy to meet you!

  2. says

    This is a great recipe that I almost forget about! I used to make the “retro recipe” as you call it on Sunday evenings for a quick snack. It was always a hit. This was such a beautiful way to share a recipe with us as the pictures are so pretty and cozy. Thank you for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Please join us again today for a fresh start (and longer exposure since you linked up this one so close to the end :)!

    • says

      I called it retro because when have I seen it anywhere in recent years? I actually like it the best but when your kids have strong preferences…. Thanks for the tip and invitation to join again! Have a good week.

  3. says

    What a lovely setting and I just love both of these classic dips! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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