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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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/923159

    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: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/mo...

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

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        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 inside....so that when you cut into it, the yolk runs out. I've always wanted to make it.

          1. Here are a bunch of threads with relevant ideas:
            http://www.chow.com/search?q=trompe+l...

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            1. re: greygarious

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

            2. I remembered seeing this in Food Network magazine last April. What a weird thing to remember!

              Thought some of them were cute. Not sure if what you're looking for, but maybe will give you some inspiration:

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/pac...

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              1. re: nothingswrong

                In that set the "sushi" looked fun (but way too much work for me) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

              2. This isn't so much "dinner party food" but the idea is darling. TV Dinner Cupcakes. (You can do an image search and find tons.)

                Woodland Bakery has a video tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1MZTz...

                So cute. Here is a picture from a blog called Nataliessentiments.com.