Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip – Recently, the Dude of The Dudes Kitchen on YouTube (@Thegrillingdude) made a very nice Spinach and Artichoke dip. It wasn’t fancy or overly unique. But for me, it brought back some very powerful memories of a spinach & artichoke dip I used to eat.
Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip is a creamy, warm dip loaded with artichoke hearts and spinach. This is a copycat version of Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip is low-carb and Keto friendly. It can be prepared in advance, making it a great appetizer for parties.
Back in the ’80s when I was living in my hometown Washington DC, there was a Southwestern restaurant chain called “Houston’s”. There were multiple DC locations, in Georgetown, Tysons Corner VA, Bethesda, and Rockville, MD. It became my home away from home. So much so that in the Restaurant Softball League that Houston’s fielded a team. I was the only non-employee on any of the restaurant softball teams in the entire league.
I was there almost every evening after work. Hanging with friends, and watching sports on TV, slowly becoming “Norm” from “Cheers”.
I took dates there, went there after dates to debrief the bartenders, and was generally a fixture in the same booth every day.
Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip
There were two menu items that I seemed to order all the time. One was a Salad with Chicken strips which does not appear on the menu any longer. The other item was the Chicago Style Spinach Dip with Artichokes which is still on their menu. Or in Houston’s restaurant Short hand, it was called a C-Spin. I had that C-Spin 100’s of times over the years. But never could duplicate it at home.
But thanks to the Dude, I’m giving it another shot. I found a recipe for Houston’s C-Spin, which is not that much different than the Dude’s recipe.
This is a nostalgia recipe for me. So, here is my copycat recipe for Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Food Processor
- 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
- 10 ounces spinach frozen chopped, drained
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/3 cup Romano cheese grated
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/3 cup heavy cream or half and half
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- In a food processor blend artichokes, Romano cheese, garlic, and Parmesan cheese for about 90 seconds, until minced
- In a bowl add, cream, sour cream, drained spinach mozzarella, and stir well.
- Spoon the cheese mixture from the food processor into a mixing bowl.
- Blend all ingredients, until it has a medium-thick consistency.
- Spray an oven proof serving dish with cooking spray.
- Pour artichoke mixture into baking dish and bake for 20-25 min at 350.
- Artichoke dip should be a little bubbly and cheese melted through.
- Remove from oven and serve with your favorite heated tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa.
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7 thoughts on “Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip”
One of my all-time favorite appetizers
Love this, Charlie. I enjoyed hearing about your days in the 80s and who doesn’t love Artichoke Dip? Your house looks beautiful!
I need to try this, because I’ve always been intrigued by the use of marinated artichoke hearts in this dish, as opposed to plain artichokes. Can’t wait!