So many people have asked how I made the Taco Stadium to celebrate the Super Bowl, so it’s only fitting that we have a blog post that covers that topic. Here’s how it was put together. Have fun making your own next year!
1. Start with a container that resembles the shape of a stadium. The one pictured was a gift tin originally filled with wine and food – rather large. It wasn’t sloped like a stadium, but we fixed that issue by sloping it with cardboard on the inside like this: Draw around the bottom of the container on a piece of heavy cardboard and cut it out. Cut down the center of the cardboard lengthwise and fold it back to form the seats (front and top in the shape of an L). Tape the pieces down on the backs and on the bottoms. You will have to trim it a bit and make some end pieces too. It doesn’t matter if they don’t fit exactly because you will cover them and they will be hidden.
2. Cover the seats with pieces of graham crackers, using powdered sugar mixed with water to form a “glue” for the backs to hold them on. Fill the corner holes with sliced pepper rings.
3. Cut fig newton cookies into thirds and place them along the sides of the field. Use flat marshmallows (made for s’mores) in the end zone.
4. Cut the goal post pieces from cucumbers and stick toothpicks in them. Leave a little toothpick protruding so you can stick them into the marshmallows and they will stand up.
5. Thaw some frozen spinach and squeeze out the water. Lay that in the bottom for the grass. Lay pieces of 1/8″ white ribbon across the spinach to indicate the yardage lines. The players are two colors of olives opposing each other. Cut a small flat spot on the bottom of each one so they will stand up.
6. Sprinkle the chopped onion “crowd” across the graham cracker “bleacher seats”.
7. The “sky boxes” (filled with the tacos) are Taco Tender individual taco holders (www.tacotender.com). We taped those on using heavy packing tape – right through the middle of the holder, then added the finished tacos. It was a little tricky to get them to stay there, but twisting the tape before attaching it to the container did the job.
8. The “pillars” on the outside are filled with Nance’s corn relish – great on chips – and the chips are On the Border tortilla chips. Or… you can make your own. It’s easy and they will never be fresher! Just cut each of your tortillas into four pieces and bake for 10 – 12 minutes in a 350º F oven – or fry them in corn oil heated to 325º F for about 3 minutes and drain on paper toweling. If you fry them, immediately sprinkle them lightly with salt. You can make the chips ahead, but will need to make the stadium at the last minute. Enjoy!