TikTok food trends
Not all TikTok food trends involve drizzling mustard on watermelon or making endless cereal-sized pancakes! We’ve compiled four of our favourite viral recipes and cooking methods from the popular app and given you some tips for simplifying the method while upping the nutritional value.
Looking for the ultimate #tortillawrap? This quesadilla-folding technique went viral at the beginning of 2021 and, thanks to the trend’s potential for endless customizations, has shown no signs of slowing down ever since. The TikTok method creates four quadrants on a tortilla, each section is spread with its own filling, the tortilla is folded into a layered quesadilla and then heated in a skillet until both sides are crispy.
Helpful hack: Don’t overstuff the tortilla with fillings — too much of any one of the fillings can make it difficult to fold the tortilla into a neat quarter.
Try these foldable filling combinations: Italian (pesto, chicken breast, shredded mozzarella, tomatoes), Tex-Mex (refried beans, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, ground turkey) or veggie (hummus, roasted red peppers, tapenade, spinach.)
For step-by-step instructions on making your own folded quesadilla (and even more filling suggestions), follow this link to our recipe for a Breakfast burrito tortilla hack.
Baked feta pasta
The baked feta pasta trend originated in Finland, where two food bloggers first posted the recipe using the hashtag #uunifetapasta (Finnish for “oven-baked creamy pasta”.) Since then, its many iterations have taken TikTok by storm, including versions made with sweet peppers, pesto, and butternut squash. In the original recipe, feta and cherry tomatoes are placed in an ovenproof dish with garlic and olive oil for an easy one-pot meal. The ingredients are roasted until the tomatoes and feta have softened, at which point cooked pasta is stirred in until the ingredients form a creamy pasta dish.
Helpful hack: Make the sauce even creamier by stirring in a small amount of cooking water with the pasta.
Which cheese to choose: Creamy feta is the star of the original recipe, but fresh chevre/goat’s milk cheese, burrata, cashew cheese or silken tofu will all yield delicious results.
Air fryer everything
Air fryers have skyrocketed in popularity because of their ability to cook perfectly crispy food without the use of oil (or at least, very much oil.) Air fryers are actually small convection ovens, which means food is cooked by constantly circulating hot air. Considering the fact that this appliance is also faster and more energy efficient than a full-sized oven, it’s no surprise that air fryer recipes have been consistently trending on TikTok for the past year. From French fries to popcorn shrimp, air fryers are where it’s at when it comes to achieving a lightly crunchy texture without the use of a deep fryer.
Helpful hack: Forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer? No problem! Air fryers are ideal for cooking chicken (and most other frozen foods, including store bought items) from frozen.
Imagine the air fryer possibilities: Air fryers have many uses beyond “fried” foods! Try using it to reheat leftovers, make pizzas or quesadillas, prepare eggs (baked, hard boiled and fried eggs work especially well) or for making desserts.
Check out these irresistible air fryer recipes:
Focaccia bread art
Focaccia bread art, or bread garden art, took over TikTok for most of 2020 thanks to the vibrant creations of home bakers all over the world. The idea is simple; make focaccia dough and decorate it with raw cut-up veggies to make flowers or a garden scene before baking. The heat from the oven dries out the veggies, resulting in a beautiful loaf of finished focaccia that’s (almost!) too pretty to eat.
Helpful hack: If you’re short on time or you’re not a fan of making focaccia from scratch, frozen bread or pizza dough from the store can be substituted for homemade dough.
Get creative with these toppings: sliced red onion rounds, sweet pepper, halved cherry or grape tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, thinly sliced broccoli or cauliflower, fresh herbs, green beans, and edible flowers.