Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ask the Internet: Pink Foods and Recipes?

Today’s hue-larious (sorry) question comes from reader Eleonora:

Q: I have a girls' night in coming up and I would like to have some PINK food on the table! So far I have apple and beetroot juice (purchased, perhaps not that cheap at £3 per bottle) and beetroot risotto. Maybe something based on prawns? Rhubarb? Ideas welcome!

A: Wow. This one’s a toughy. Red foods are fairly easy to come by, but pink ones are a little harder. Strawberry Mousse would definitely work as a dessert, and this Summer Borscht could make a good starter course. Red cabbage has more of a purple tint, but mixed with apples it might lighten up. I wonder if you could make Ina Garten's Orange Yogurt with a little pomegranate juice? (If all else fails, a pack of McCormick’s neon food coloring can work wonders. Pink eggs, anyone?)

Readers, how about you? Do you know of any pink foods for Eleonora? The comment section is ready and waiting.

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Claire Dawson said...

Well, there's always salmon, of course.

Oh, or vodka sauce with pasta and shrimp. Vodka sauce is pink-ish, at least.

I'd recommend strawberry cupcakes for dessert, which I feel like is pretty girly, as well. (I'm a girl, so I get to say that, in case you were wondering.)

Appetizers - what about prosciutto-wrapped melon? Kind of old school, but pink.

You could also try to track down some pink peppercorns for garnishes and the like.

Charise said...

The shade of this cake will depend on how red the rhubarb is, but I love Nigella Lawson's Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake. It's amazing!

Here's a link to the recipe:


You could make a dip by mixing cream cheese and cocktail sauce. I usually just pour the sauce on top, but I bet it'd turn pink if you mixed the two.

Also, what about French breakfast radishes served with butter and salt?

Susan Hagen said...

OK, you asked for something based on prawns. This is classic '50s Campbells Soup cookery and I am almost embarrassed to offer it. The name is sort of awful - Shrimp Mold. My mom made it, I have made it and people love it. One young woman asked if I would make some for her wedding buffet. And it's pink.

Melis said...

I second the vodka sauce or some type of tomato cream sauce which italian restaurants refer to as "pink sauce".

It seems like Claire and I are thinking alike because I was also going to suggest strawberry cupcakes with pink tinted cream cheese icing.

Patti said...

Borscht with lots of yogurt turns a lovely, lovely shade of magenta (which is almost pink) and is ever so delicious (and cheap to make).

Or strawberries/milk and a titch of cream and honey spun to a frothy delicious mix in a cuisinart...softer pink and almost like a milk shake.

Kev said...

What about Red Velvet cake? it's more pink than red. Lots of recipes online, but go for the traditional one with beets, not the modern one with red food colouring.

It's just like making a carrot cake or a tomato soup cake, but with beets. The beet taste is not strong, it's sweet and delicious. Also use Pumpkin Pie spice.

JuLo said...

Smitten Kitchen has a pink lady cake. It's a white cake with a strawberry puree mixed in, I believe, which gives it a pink color. I haven't made it myself, but it look delicious!

Robyn 'My Middle Name Is Awesome' said...

shrimp, strawberry shortcake, Pink frosted cookies, salmon, pink cotton candy, penne with pink bacon sauce, glazed ham, Make cheesecake and use some raspberries or cherries for sauce, pink lemonade, here's a good list:

Don't forget to wash it down it some Pepto Bismol, lol!!

I love themed parties so much, I usually go out of my way to dye stuff that probably shouldn't be dyed. For example: St. Patty's Day, I poured 2 bottles of green food coloring into the cooking pasta water to get green penne, dyed the Alfredo sauce the same and added broccoli, can you guess what color the bathroom was the next few days, lol, lol!![gross TMI]

Julia said...

pink peppermint heart marshmallows:


Jessica604 said...

I had a partner in culinary school who made bubble-gum pink mashed potatoes by cooking beets with the potatoes, then mashing and mixing with ingredients as usual. The creation was beautiful, but the traditional French chef instructor thought otherwise. lol!

I believe he mixed in some goat cheese as well - it is not for everyone, but it really upped the "gourmet" aspect of it, and in retrospect, I think I should make some!

chacha1 said...

Sauteed red cabbage, apples, and onions with a handful of gorgonzola. Pink, savory, and nutritious! (and easy) This goes really well with duck or with cold roast beef, which, if it's medium-rare, is also arguably pink. :-)

Amiyrah said...

I agree with the idea of roast beef as one option. A Roast tenderloin that is cooled down and then sliced and placed over sliced baguettes would be divine! Maybe drizzle with a cucumber yogurt sauce with a bit of pomegranate juice mixed in to make it pink.

Also, if this is a REAL girls pink party, strawberry jello shots are a must lol. Or a drink that's called "pink panty pulldowns"(class, huh?). It's a liter of 7up with a bottle of vodka and a few splashes of grenadine to make it pink.

Laura said...

My husband's aunt once had all the women in the family over for brunch. She made lovely chicken salad sandwiches with homemade bread that she had added just a touch of red food coloring to. With the bread sliced extra thin and the layers of chicken salad between, the sandwiches looked nearly like a layer cake.

maleahbliss said...

Pink lemonade. :)

CJ said...

Ham is pink.
Shrimp is pink.
Salmon is pink.
Hot dogs are pink, serve with red slaw and pickled red onions (pink)
Potato salad with a little pickled bet juice will be pink.
Red & white cabbage slaw (will get pinkish)
Pink lemonade
Cream puffs with strawberry whipped cream
Rasberry yogurt with fruits for dipping
Smoked salmon and cream cheese swirls or roll ups
Pink grapefruit

CJ said...

Pink jello molds or jello bites
Pink Lamingtons
Pink punch
Pink beans (small red beans, pintos, etc.)
Cream cheese with cocktail sauce, lemon, grated onion and horseradish for a pink chip dip.

Rebecca said...

Red cabbage is an acid-base indicator, meaning the color will change based on the acidity of the food you cook it with. Acid (like lemon juice) makes it redish, while basic compounds (like baking soda) make it yellow-greenish. More about it here:

Elizabeth said...

I recently read about a Jello mousse drink from Self magazine that could be made with strawberry Jello for a fun, pink drink. http://www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/healthybites/2009/03/nospill-lowcal-cocktails.html

Kris said...

Readers, this is excellent. I may be forced to have a pink party now. This might be great for a Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon, too, if you know anyone.

eatclosetohome said...

Pickled radishes turn pink! Jsut slice radishes (and onions, if you like) into a jar and top with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water and maybe a little sugar. Let sit at least overnight, and you'll have a snappy, crunchy addition to an appetizer tray.

Eleonora said...

Wow, this is fantastic feedback, thank you! I am a little ashamed to say that the date for the party was before Tuesday, but I still wanted to see what you would come up with... Kris is right, it's great ideas for Breast Cancer Awareness Day!
In the end I went for prawn cocktail (with pink sauce) and salmon mousse, as well as beetroot risotto, and apple and beetroot juice, and a rosée wine aptly called "The pink chill".
I would have made something based on strawberry and yogurt for dessert if the plan for dessert hadn't been pot-luck cake. And in exchange for all these lovely comments I shall tell you: POT LUCK CAKE WORKS!
My friends brought: dark chocolate, green apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger, fresh nutmeg, vanilla extract, brown sugar.
The recipe is very rough as it was approximated, but it was equal measures of caster and brown sugar, and as much butter as both types of sugar. Twice the flour (self raising). Add two eggs. Mix in melted chocolate and all the previous ingredients save the apples. Add baking soda. Put in cake tin, add sliced apples on top, bake for about three quarters of an hour...
I really recommend trying pot luck cake it definitely added lots of magic to the night!
Can't wait to have another one, and will surely make the most of your ideas :D

wosnes said...

Two more dessert ideas would be Nigella Lawson's Eton Mess:http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/eton-mess-recipe/index.html

Ina Garten's Mixed Berry Pavlova: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mixed-berry-pavlova-recipe/index.html

Anonymous said...

Smoked Salmon Pink 'Uns
Serves 5


5 plain bagels
2 rounded teaspoons sesame seeds

For the spread:

4½ oz (125 g) smoked salmon (trimmings are fine)
9 oz (250 g) quark (reserve 1 rounded tablespoon)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
⅛ level teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and freshly milled black pepper

To garnish:

cayenne pepper
mustard and cress


1. Preheat the grill to its highest setting.

2. Simply place all the ingredients for the spread into the goblet of a food processor or liquidiser and whiz to a rough purée. Taste and season with salt and pepper and that's it.

3. When you are ready to serve, split the bagels in half horizontally and toast the outer side of each half. Then turn them over and spread the reserved quark thinly on to each one, sprinkle the sesame seeds on top then toast until golden brown.

4. Finally, spread the purée generously on top of each one and serve, sprinkled with a little extra cayenne and garnished with mustard and cress in the middle.

Smoked Salmon And Guacamole Shots
Serves 6


340g sliced smoked salmon
100g cream cheese
200ml carton crème fraîche
Finely grated zest of 1 lime and the juice of 2 limes
2 ripe avocados
Small handful of chopped fresh coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish
Crackers or grissini, to serve


1. To prepare: Put 285g smoked salmon in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the cream cheese, crème fraîche and zest and juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and whizz until really smooth. Transfer the salmon mousse to a bowl, cover and chill for 15 minutes.

2. Halve and stone the avocados. Scoop the avocado flesh out into a food processor (ideally a mini one), add the juice of the remaining lime and the chopped coriander and season to taste with more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whizz until really smooth. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

3. Fill 6 shot glasses three-quarters full with the salmon mousse. Smooth the surface, then top with a neat layer of the avocado mixture. Place on a tray, cover with a large sheet of cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. To serve: Remove the salmon mousses from the fridge 10 minutes before serving them. Cut the remaining smoked salmon into thin strips, then roughly fold them and place on top of each mousse. Top each with a coriander leaf and serve with crackers or grissini to spread with salmon and guacamole mousses.


Anonymous said...

add beet to an alfredo sauce and get amazingly magenta pasta!