April Fools' Crab Cakes: Fried Ice Cream
Looks like: Crab Cakes
Cut two individual-size 4-ounce cartons of vanilla ice cream in half crosswise to make 4 disks; freeze 30 minutes. Pulse 2 cups white bread cubes and 2 cups shredded coconut in a food processor, then spread on a plate. Remove the cartons and press the ice cream into the crumb mixture, covering all sides (reserve the remaining crumbs). Freeze until hard, 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the "tartar sauce" (below). Dip the disks in 3 beaten eggs, then press in the reserved crumbs and freeze at least 1 more hour. Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees F in a deep skillet and fry the ice cream until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then eat immediately.
For the April Fool's Tartar Sauce: Pistachio-White Chocolate Sauce:
Looks like: Tartar Sauce
Microwave 1/4 cup heavy cream, 4 ounces chopped white chocolate, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons rum, the grated zest of 1/2 lime and 1/2 orange, and 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios at 50 percent power, 1 minute. Whisk until creamy, then let cool.
Photograph by Levi Brown