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The Nosh Pit - April Fool's Day Recipes

Wanna trick your kids into loving something healthy today? Or kids... wanna trick your parents into eating something sugary... ?

By: Anthony Marcusa
Published: April 1st, 2013 in Culture » Food » Recipes
(clockwise) Meat Loaf cake, Bloody Fingers, Chicken Pot Pie, Puppy Chow

It could get messy, but it will always be memorable. Every week in the Nosh Pit, we’ll lead the gathering of an impassioned group of foodies, offering delectable dishes, seasonal treats, and other goodies to nosh upon.

We’ll introduce the timely scenario – what to bring to an obligatory sports party or contribute to a spring picnic--and share some auspicious recipes. Spice up a soiree, diversify your dinner, or help convince those reluctant souls that ‘soy substitute’ is not synonymous with ‘stale.’

Recipes are best shared, passed from one sated soul to the next, with everyone adding just their own flair, and creating endless yummy possibilities. At a concert, people shed inhibition and share passion in a moment of synergy and excitement; they will do the same in the Nosh Pit, directing their unparalleled enthusiasm towards food.

April Fool’s Day

However you chose to interpret the First of April is up to you; whether you opt for playful antics, elaborate ploys, or shriek-worthy scares, the day of mischief cannot and should not be ignored. And when you incorporate food into your bag of tricks, the possibilities will satisfy any conniver, good-intentioned or otherwise.

A parent may want to fool a child into eating something healthy, dressing it up as sugary and sweet. The kid, meanwhile, may want to devise something just the opposite. What follows is a selection of meals and snacks that are all about appearances, with some subtly offering a new ingredient to the diet, while others (anything with ‘bloody’ in the title), are far less covert.


Meat Loaf Cake from Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 1 small carrot, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)

Toppings

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine the carrot, oats, milk, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two 1-in. thick patties.
2. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
3. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Press through a potato ricer or strainer into a small bowl. Stir in the milk, salt and white pepper.
4. Place one burger on a serving plate. Spread 3/4 cup mashed potatoes over top. Top with remaining burger. Spread remaining mashed potatoes over top and sides of cake. In a small bowl, tint 4 teaspoons cream cheese orange; pipe carrots over top of cake. 5. Tint remaining cream cheese green; pipe tops on carrots. Press bread crumbs into sides of cake. Yield: 2 servings.


Bagel and Egg Sandwich – from Spoonful.com

Ingredients:

  • plain, round doughnut
  • 1-2 regular size marshmallows (depending on the size of the doughnut)
  • 4-6 pieces of white melting chocolates
  • yellow or light orange food color

Directions:

  1. Slice the doughnut in half to look like a sliced bagel.
  2. Place a marshmallow on top of one half of the doughnut, and place it in the microwave. Melt the marshmallow at 10 to 15-second intervals until the it expands and melts (probably two 15-second intervals, or about 30 seconds total, but microwaves may vary).
  3. Remove the doughnut half and marshmallow from the microwave and swirl it around a little to shape the marshmallow like an egg white, you can also carefully use a spoon to help flatten the marshmallow if it's not flat enough. A tiny bit of oil on the bottom of the spoon will keep it from sticking.
  4. Place the other half of the doughnut on the plate beside the half with the marshmallow egg white.
  5. Melt the white chocolate according to the package directions, and add the yellow food coloring. You can also buy yellow or orange melting chocolates if you don't want to color the chocolate yourself.
  6. Use a teaspoon to drop about a teaspoon of the melted yellow chocolate on top of your marshmallow egg whites. Shake the "sandwich" to even out the chocolate so it looks like an egg yolk.
  7. Serve up your bagel and egg sweet treat for a April Fool's Day surprise.

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