There are a lot of things we love about food, but one of the main highlights has to be its ability to morph into textures or tastes that boggle the mind. Bringing a little bit of experimentation to the kitchen, we decided to have a little bit of fun this April 1st. Play with your friend’s minds and taste buds and see if they are smart enough to figure out what culinary sorcery you’re up to.
Cauliflower pizza crust and 13 other substitutions that will mess with your brain
Cauliflower Crust PizzaLooks like a pizza, tastes like a pizza, but wait — the crust isn’t bread? Chewy, soft and still able to hold its shape, this pizza crust is a revelation. Made with a blend of cauliflower, Italian seasoning and cheese, it’s a flavour bomb.
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Mashed Potato SundaesThis could be a really mean joke to play on the kids, but it’s kind of genius. Old school sundae glasses are a must to create the “authentic” look, but you can use boxed mashed potato and ready-made gravy for the “sauce”. Don’t forget a cherry tomato on top!
GET THE RECIPE HEREBake at 350
Chocolate Avocado PuddingYou got us, Table for One. You got us real good. Thick, creamy and silken like an original Snack Pack treat, this pudding is all dark chocolate goodness without any sugar and dairy. Yep, it’s actually vegan. A little sea salt garnish adds amazing contrast.
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Black Pepper & Herb Vegan Goat CheesePut this at the centre of your cheeseboard and watch your guests’ reactions. Creamy and spiced with dill, rosemary and peppercorns, it looks like you picked it up from a gourmet cheese market. We bet you no one will be able to tell it’s vegan.
GET THE RECIPE HEREProfound Hatred of Meat
Meatloaf CakeThey say you eat with your eyes first. Trust us, no one will guess what they are in for with this gorgeous cake until they take a first bite. We suggest you make some extra mashed potato “frosting” because your diners are going to want to load it on.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Fountain Avenue Kitchen
Pound Cake Fries with Raspberry KetchupPlay pretend with this one. Oh no, you forgot to serve the French fries with dinner. Then leave a platter of this on the table, you know, in case someone wants a nibble. Sit back and watch the amazement as the kids realize that it’s actually dessert. Priceless!
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Baked Parmesan Polenta FriesYep, we’re on a fries kick. Well simply because no one can have enough of French fries. We’re big fans of this Italian-inspired version that’s dusted with Parmesan cheese. Crisp and still warm from the oven — no one will miss the real thing.
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Spaghetti GelatoWe had to include this just for the pure whimsical factor! If you have a potato ricer, that’s all you need to transform the gelato (or vanilla ice cream) into noodles. Strawberry coulis “spaghetti sauce” and white chocolate “Parmesan” complete this work of art.
GET THE RECIPE HEREBell’Allimento
Scrambled TofuTrick your loved ones as soon as they wake up with this deceiving breakfast. Turmeric adds the rich yellow hue to tofu giving it a more “authentic” egg appearance, while onion and garlic powders up its flavour factor. Serve with home fries or toast on the side.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Wannabe Chef
Coconut Whipped CreamThis is one vegan food swap we can really get behind. Made with just three ingredients, it produces thick, fluffy “cream” that can be piped over desserts, served with hot chocolate or just be eaten straight from the bowl. Don’t be surprised if your trick actually earns you a round of applause.
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Cauliflower Grilled CheeseCarb haters and gluten-averse folks, you’re going to want to get your fingers all over this. The winning ingredient in this sandwich is the special cauliflower bread that gets topped with two kinds of cheese before being toasted to buttery perfection. Drool!
GET THE RECIPE HERETess Ward
Vegan Parmesan CheesePlace a bowl of this on the table and watch as everyone devours it. They’ll be none the wiser that it comes from nowhere near the famed Parmigiano-Reggiano region of Italy. In fact, it’s actually local since it’s from your own kitchen. Click here to learn more about the secret ingredient. GET THE RECIPE HEREBeard & Bonnet
Surprisingly Sweet Meatball SubsThanks to blogger Hayley, this will earn you instant prankster status. Your guests’ brains will be anticipating the taste and texture of succulent, tomato-sauced meatballs but will be met with the sweet marriage of chocolate-hazelnut truffles and strawberry preserves instead. FYI: We don’t see them complaining.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Domestic Rebel
Easter Cupcakes Baked in Real Egg ShellsThese buttery lemon cakes are perfect for Easter Sunday morning, but will be a real treat on April Fool’s Day. Also, probably the only day the kids can get away with having cake for breakfast! Blogger Stef’s detailed step-by-step instructions make this a great weekend project.
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