Nothing gets a Southerner more riled up than football. Where I grew up (War Eagle!), Saturday is sacred and tailgating is nothing less than an art form. And while the big game is definitely the priority, the food usually comes in a very close second.
In case you're not familiar with SEC football etiquette, let me teach you a little something. In my town, campers and RV’s start showing up first thing Thursday morning &mdash as early as they're allowed. I'm not talking mere trailers, either; I'm talking more along the line of rock star tour buses. Yep, it's that serious.And where there's a bus, there's a smoker. Once the charcoal gets fired up and the keg gets tapped, it's time to party (and eat!). While the ribs and pork shoulder are getting cooked low and slow, there's always some appetizers ready to feed the masses. Think turkey wraps, muffulettas, ham and poppy seed sliders, and potato salads galore. It's usually a dip free-for-all ranging from beer cheese to chicken chimichanga, seven layer to ranch. Strangers and friends alike meander through the parking lots, sharing stories of seasons past while sampling the goods. Usually you'll be offered a Bloody Mary or a beer and invited to stay for a while. Because where there's food, you're family. But sadly, all good things must come to an end. Come next Monday, all we'll have left to do is reminisce of that last pick six and countdown the days until next September. This fresh Spinach and Artichoke Dip is guaranteed to please come Super Bowl Sunday. Even if football is not your thing, this classic appetizer will be.