“Food Fit for a Fool”
In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, I thought I’d share some fun, unique recipes I came across, which will continue the playful spirit of the day through dinner time! Prank your friends and family with these strange yet delicious recipes!
This first recipe I found would be a great trick for roommates, kids, or anyone who has a sweet tooth! The trick here is that there is not a grain of sugar in these cupcakes. You will actually be making meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato icing. These cupcakes are yummy but not at all what your friends will be expecting!
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
• 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
• 3 tablespoons ketchup
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 3 cups mashed potatoes
• Food coloring
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about three quarters full).
3. Place the filled muffin tins on cookie sheets and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.
4. Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and pink pastel frostings. Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake. Makes 12 cupcakes.
Spaghetti and Malt Balls
Up next is dessert! This may seem a little backwards to have a spaghetti dish for dessert and cupcakes for dinner but that’s just all part of the fun. So have your friends and family pile their plates high with this meal fit for a fool!
• Store-bought cupcake or poundcake
• Store-bought buttercream frosting
• Strawberry ice cream sauce
• Butter knife
• Chocolate malt balls
• Blanched walnuts or almonds
• Shallow baking pan
• Green sprinkles
• White chocolate
• Double broiler or microwave
• Lady fingers
1. Place a half of cupcake (top or bottom) or a half a slice of pound cake in the center of a plate.
2. Spoon the buttercream frosting into a decorating tube fitted with a large, circular tip and pipe it in a looping fashion around the sides of the biscuit or cake – do not frost the top.
3. Spoon strawberry ice cream sauce on top of the muffin or cake to cover. Drizzle a little over portions of the spaghetti as well.
4. For the meatballs, use a butter knife to rough up the surface of two or three chocolate covered malt balls. Place them on top of the “sauce.”
5. For the parmesan cheese, crush a handful of blanched almonds or walnuts in a blender and then sprinkle the pieces over the sauce and “meatballs.”
6. For the garlic bread, toast some coconut (for garlic) in a shallow baking pan at 350º, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. For butter, melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips in a double broiler or heat them in a microwave for about 1and 1/2 minutes at half power and stir until smooth. Spread the melted white chocolate on the toasted lady fingers. Top with the toasted coconut and green sprinkles for parsley.
Join me next Friday because with bathing suit weather right around the corner, I will be sharing different ways you can spice up any spring salad!