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The Cookstr 10: Ten Tricky Recipes for April Fool’s Day

March 31, 2011

The first of April brings tricks, jokes, hoaxes and other general foolishness, as well as an excuse to blow off steam in anticipation of spring fever and warmer weather ahead. In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, here are ten recipes that aren’t quite what they seem, and some of them contain a surprisingly healthy ingredient, which you can choose to reveal, or not, after they’ve been pronounced delicious. In any case, each of these recipes has an unexpected trick or two up its sleeve.

Andrew Chase's Banana and Chocolate Spring Rolls

Fuchsia Dunlop's Fish-Fragrant Pork Slivers

1. Carrot “Fettuccine” with Spicy Shrimp

Sara Moulton

This festive main course doesn’t include pasta at all, instead making use of tender ribbons of carrot in place of the standard noodles. A luscious, spicy cream sauce will have even the most die-hard dough lovers asking for seconds.

Click here for Sara’s Carrot “Fettuccine” with Spicy Shrimp Recipe

2. Lily Pad Pancakes

Jennifer Carden

Picky eaters who turn up their noses at green vegetables might be swayed by these colorful pea-based pancakes, which are a bright and fresh alternative to the standard buttermilk or blueberry batters.

Click here for Jennifer’s Lily Pad Pancakes Recipe

3. Pretend Peanut Butter Cookies

Elizabeth Gordon
Both gluten- and peanut-free, these crispy, crunchy cookies are packed full of fiber, making them an appealing option for allergic and health-conscious snackers.

4. Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

Jan Main

Rather than cream cheese, these sweet lactose-free munchies get their silky texture from tofu instead, and still boast all the chocolatey flavor of a conventional version.

Click here for Jan’s Chocolate Cheesecake Squares Recipe

5. Mock Caesar Salad

Rosie Daley

If you’re craving the taste of Caesar dressing but avoiding the oil, anchovies and raw egg associated with it, this untraditional Caesar salad recipe offers a tart and creamy variation.

Click here for Rosie’s Mock Caesar Salad Recipe

6. Animal Crackers with a Kick

Hannah Kaminsky

Animal crackers are usually a doubly vegan-unfriendly phenomenon, both in their inclusion of dairy-derived whey and in their encouragement to “bite them in a million bits and gobble them right down,” as Shirley Temple famously sang. Unexpected spices like curry and mustard powder make these dairy- and egg-free snack crackers roar right back.

Click here for Hannah’s Animal Crackers with a Kick Recipe

7. Banana and Chocolate Spring Rolls

Andrew Chase
While the sight of egg rolls will have your diners expecting ground pork and cabbage, these surprising spring rolls are stuffed with semi-sweet chocolate, crystallized ginger and ripe bananas for a dish better paired with caramel ice cream than duck sauce.

Click here for Andrew’s Banana and Chocolate Spring Rolls Recipe

8. Fish-Fragrant Pork Slivers

Fuchsia Dunlop

Although the Chinese characters in this dish’s title translate literally to “fish fragrant,” the pork and mushroom main course contains no sea creatures at all. The descriptive name is thought to refer to the combination of hot pickled chiles, garlic, ginger, scallions and sweet rice wine, which create a flavor profile originating from traditional Sichaunese fish cooking.

Click here for Fuchsia’s Fish-Fragrant Pork Slivers Recipe

9. Butternut Squash “Pizzettas”

Eric Gower
Miniature pizzas made from round slices of roasted butternut squash rather than pizza dough serve as an inventive and versatile appetizer. They take well to a variety of toppings, from goat cheese and tarragon to sundried tomatoes and basil.

Click here for Eric’s Butternut Squash “Pizzettas” Recipe

10. Lemon Fool with Fresh Berries

Johanna Burkhard
April Fool’s Day’s namesake treat, this tasty layered fruit dessert can be assembled earlier in the day, making it ideal for entertaining – say, at your first annual April Fool’s Day party.

Click here for Johanna’s Lemon Fool with Fresh Berries Recipe

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