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Mar 12, 2014 09:55 AM

Surprise Menu

I'm giving a dinner on April Fools Day and want to have a sort of surprise theme. I'm looking for dishes that taste differently than what they seem like they will, that you bite into and think, "Whoa, I definitely was not expecting that." Visuals will be huge for this. Or it could be things prepared in different and unexpected ways. Really, anything that is surprising in some way.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions offered!

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  1. Hi there! Have you seen this thread:

    Not exactly what you're up to, but you might find some useful ideas in there...

    1. Meatball cupcakes with mash potato frosting

      Dirt Cake center piece. You can have a bowl of the dirt cake and in the middle cover completely a fresh vase of flowers.

      1. Molten lava cakes for dessert? One recipe of many:

        Once upon a time a friend cooked a fish in the dishwasher.

        2 Replies
        1. re: gourmanda

          That is the craziest use of a dishwasher I've ever heard. I thought I was a bit nuts for using in to proof cinnamon roles, but that takes the cake!

          1. re: rvgregerson

            I've heard of that. When the salmon is too big for any of your pans you wrap it nice and tight in heavy-duty foil, lay it in the top rack, DON'T ADD SOAP, and run the cycle through.

        2. There's a ravioli recipe with an egg that when you cut into it, the yolk runs out. I've always wanted to make it.

            1. re: greygarious

              Thanks -- I had no idea that "trompe l'oeil" was also used for food!