live & laugh: super bowl sunday

Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday — it is upon us.

While I am a football fan and enjoy watching a good game, I more look forward to getting together with friends and/or family for watching parties where the room is filled with yummy food, a variety of beverages, and good company. With that sentiment in mind, I thought I’d whip up some quick and easy appetizer ideas in case you’re looking for something delicious to have/bring this Sunday:

  • Crab & Artichoke Wontons –  I bought the crab & artichoke dip already made from Whole Foods (it was cheaper than buying all the ingredients to make it and much easier)
  • Artichoke & Spinach Tartelettes – I too bought this dip from Whole Foods (not necessarily cheaper, but definitely easier) and made the tart shells from scratch in a matter of minutes
  • Spicy Chili & Cheese Calzones – This is based on one of my favorite dips growing up, I made the dip this time, but bought ready-made pizza dough

When I’m making a lot of little bites, I won’t necessarily make everything from scratch if I can get comparable quality. So I took a couple short cuts this time, but all 3 turned out amazingly! Mirza and I taste tested the apps over the weekend (the calzones were our favorite), but I froze the rest to have for this Sunday.

Whether you’re a football fan or not, the Super Bowl is hard to miss. If you’re not into the game, you’re probably watching it for the commercials. If you’re not watching it for the commercials or the game, maybe you’re watching it for the halftime show. Okay — sure, maybe you’re not watching the Super Bowl at all, but heck, should that stop you from making delicious snack foods to enjoy?!

Answer: No!

Crab & Artichoke Wontonsingredients.

  • (12-18) wonton wrappers
  • (12) oz crab & artichoke dip
  • (½) cup canola oil


  1. Take wonton wrappers and lay flat on a work surface
  2. Add about 2 teaspoons of crab dip to the center of each wrapper
  3. Brush the edges of the wrapper with water and fold one corner over the dip to meet the opposing corner (forming a triangle)
  4. Press edges of wrapper together with your fingers to close and seal shut by pressing a fork along the edges — repeat until all wrappers are stuffed
  5. Heat oil in a small pan over medium-high heat, allow to heat up for a couple of minutes until oil is hot
  6. Add crab wontons to oil in small batches (don’t overcrowd the pan) and cook 1-2 minutes per side, until wrapper is browned and crispy
  7. Drain on paper towels before serving

Artichoke & Spinach Tartelettes


  • (10) tart shells — I used this recipe and formed the dough using a muffin tin to make mini tart shells
  • (12) oz artichoke & spinach dip
  • (½) cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Bake tart shells for 15 minutes
  3. Fill each shell with the artichoke & spinach dip, evenly
  4. Sprinkle tops of tartelettes with parmesan cheese
  5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes until artichoke & spinach dip is hot and parmesan cheese has browned

Spicy Chili & Cheese Calzones


  • (8) oz cream cheese, softened
  • (15) oz spicy chicken chili — or your favorite kind
  • (1) tbsp sriracha hot sauce
  • (6) oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • pizza dough
  • flour for rolling dough


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF
  2. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, chili and hot sauce — mix well
  3. Divide pizza dough evenly into 16 pieces, form into balls
  4. On a well floured surface, roll out one of the pizza dough balls into a small, thin circle (about 8 inches in diameter — I’m totally guessing, but roughly that)
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of chili cheese mixture to center of dough
  6. Top with a large pinch (roughly 1 tablespoon — guessing again!) of cheese
  7. Carefully take the top of the dough and stretch over the filling to meet the other side of the dough, forming a semi-circle
  8. Pinch dough and fold edges to seal the calzone (you can also pinch closed using a fork)
  9. Poke 3 tiny holes in the top of the calzone with a sharp knife before placing on a baking sheet
  10. Repeat with reaming dough and filling until all the calzones are made
  11. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until dough has browned and cheese is melted*

*NOTE: The cheese may ooze out of the holes you poked into the calzone, it’s okay, don’t freak out — it just makes a nice crispy cheesy crust on top : )

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