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My Mom’s Artichoke Dip

My Mom’s artichoke dip is just three ingredients. Of course that doesn’t include the love. Find out what makes this so addicting!My Mom's Artichoke Dip is made with three ingredients. IMO it is the best one out there! #artichokedip #appetizers

My mom’s artichoke dip recipe is  fabulous and  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!

Family tradition? It so happens that this artichoke dip was always a part of our family Thanksgivings.

Though 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!

4 Ingredient Artichoke Dip

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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3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip


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My Mom’s 3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This artichoke dip contains just three ingredients. But that doesn’t include the love!


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


  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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Monday 5th of December 2016

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!

Susan Christy

Sunday 4th of December 2016

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.

cyndi br

Monday 28th of November 2016

favorite tradition is making pizzelle cookies every year

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

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!

Liz Berg

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

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