Chips and dip? That is so 2012.
When it comes to Super Bowl parties, the new it thing is the Snackadium, a dining table-sized football stadium built entirely out of sandwiches and snack foods.
Pinterest is suddenly abuzz with the new genre, which merges art, architecture and po'boys. The most stable of these stadiums get their structural integrity from submarine sandwiches -- with a cardboard box or disposable cake pan underpinning. Bleachers are filled with eager crowds, represented by pigs in blankets -- mini-hot dogs peeping from crescent roll dough, their faces piped in mustard. Guacamole gilds the gridiron, and players wear cherry-tomato helmets.
Done well, it's ridiculously awesome -- and the Pillsbury.com version, a 7-by-10-foot version, which will be displayed at the Taste of the NFL party in New Orleans this weekend, is the Mona Lisa of Snackadiums.
Pillsbury.com has posted the how-tos for a smaller-scale stadium at Pillsbury.com/Snackadium. It includes instructions and tips, from foundation -- a cookie sheet surrounded by loaf pans -- to Jumbotron, with recipes for refs, landscaping and even cars for the parking lot.
You'll find recipes for a pepperoni-football topped pizza there, too, just in time for the Super Bowl snack-down.