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Oct 13, 2011 08:12 AM

recipes with a "surprise"?!

I need a potluck dish that meets the trick or treat theme but not halloween theme. Basically, a recipe with a trick/surprise.

Thought of caramel corn with bacon crumbles. But these days bacon is more expected than a suprirse.

We did have a friend stuff turkey burgers with peanut butter this weekend and cook them up for us. It was surprising and I'm considering trying little meatballs with peanut butter filling but the ones we had were not quite there yet (turkey a bit dry and unseasoned). So not ready for prime time.

So...any ideas? Sweet or savory is fine.

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  1. Meatloaf cake is my go-to for foods that don't look like you're expecting. I make my own meatloaf--if I'm being lazy, I don't layer it but do it in a 9x13 pan and frost w/ mashed potatoes. It does require teflon hands to pipe hot mashed potatoes from a pastry bag, though. It looks like this:

    I also make my own mashed potatoes so the "frosting" isn't as smooth as it should be. If I were concerned more w/ appearance, I'd use boxed.

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    1. re: chowser

      Don't know if you've ever tried using this but it works like a charm. Really makes a difference, unless you like your potatoes chunky. One of my favorite kitchen purchases (and I've had some others that don't work like this one):

      1. re: lilgi

        Yes, it's on my list of things to get, one day. I do like chunky garlic mashed potatoes for the most part and only want smooth when I do this cake, or make shepard's pie type things so it's low on the list of "wants."

    2. black bean brownies or chocolate avocado cake?

      1. make lasagna or similar in cupcake tins and frost with whipped up cream cheese, put half grape tomatoe on top and be sure to use aluminum cups to cover the paper ones when done

        1. I was thinking about Chinese soup dumplings, but they're pretty messy to eat, so you'd have to have Chinese soup spoons and maybe more things like chopsticks and a bowl. Also, you'd have to steam them at the last minute. I think I just talked you out of this!

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          1. re: nemo

            Soup dumplings were my first thought ... then I remembered I'd be taking the metro and a bus there :)

          2. apple pie with red hots or maybe tomato soup cake if you can do dessert instead.
            Meatballs in a chocolate sauce?