Your take on the latest viral recipes from TikTok or Instagram

April 28, 2023

TikTok and Instagram aren’t only fun for finding new music and videos to watch, but also for trying out delicious new recipes. These apps are a treasure trove of culinary inspiration, with recipes ranging from the latest internet sensations to obscure yet delicious finds. In this piece, I will discuss some of the most recent Instagram and TikTok popular recipes, and provide my thoughts on how they came out. There’s something on this list for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for a light bite, a filling main course, or a sweet finish. Okay, so let’s begin!

1. Cheesy Garlic Biscuit Balls

Cheese and garlic biscuit balls have recently become a TikTok sensation. These are essentially biscuit dough balls packed with mozzarella cheese and garlic butter. I couldn’t resist giving them a try since they looked so delicious. I prepared them as follows:

– Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin tray by spraying it with cooking spray.

– 1/4 cup of butter should be melted in a small bowl and then seasoned with 2 teaspoons of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes.

– Roughly cube 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese.

– Separate 8 biscuits from a can of chilled biscuit dough. Separate the biscuits into quarters.

– Roll out each dough square and stuff it with a cheese cube. Seal the edges of the dough by wrapping it around the cheese.

– Put one ball in each muffin cup after dipping it in garlic butter. Use the remaining dough and cheese in a similar manner.

– Set the timer for 15 minutes and bake until bubbling and brown.

– Serve with more garlic butter or marinara sauce.

My verdict:

Awesomeness in the form of cheesy, garlicky biscuit balls. Easy to prepare and delicious, they resembled garlic bread pizzas in miniature. The biscuit was buttery and tender, and the cheese was melty and pliable. They were well with marinara sauce or could have been eaten on its own. These are a great appetiser or snack and I will be making them again.

2. Pancake Cereal

Cereal made to look like pancakes has become a major TikTok and Instagram culinary fad. You can top these little pancakes with anything you desire—milk, syrup, butter—and eat them like cereal. It’s not as boring as it sounds, and it’s a lot of fun to cook and eat. This is how I got ahead:

– Two cups of all-purpose flour, two tablespoons of sugar, two teaspoons of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt, one and a half cups of milk, two eggs, and a quarter cup of melted butter should be mixed together in a large basin until smooth.

– Put the batter in a squeeze bottle or a bag with a hole cut in one corner to make squeezing easier.

– Prepare a big, oil- or spray-free, nonstick skillet for medium heat.

– Dot the pan with batter approximately the size of a penny. If you want bubbles on the surface, give it a minute, then flip and cook for another minute to get it golden.

– Miniature pancakes are done when they can be lifted easily from the pan.

– Top with your favourite ingredients: milk, syrup, butter, fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.

My verdict:

Pancake cereal exceeded my high expectations. Cute and airy, the little pancakes went well with milk and syrup. In a positive way, it was like having dessert for breakfast. For added flavour and texture, I topped mine with fresh berries and whipped cream. Pancakes in this form were a delightful change of pace.

3. Corn Ribs

Another TikTok viral meal that grabbed my attention was corn ribs. They are just corn on the cob that has been sliced into quarters, rubbed with spices and cooked in the oven or an air fryer until crisp and burnt. These fake ribs are vegan and gluten-free yet look like the real thing. I prepared them as follows:

–  Put a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a preheated 425 degree Fahrenheit oven.

– Quarter four ears of corn lengthwise. Cutting through the cob might need a sharp knife and some muscle.

– Stir together 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

– Spread the corn quarters out on the baking sheet and brush them with the oil mixture. To get a golden and burnt finish, bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once.

– Serve with vegan sour cream or yoghurt, cilantro, and lime wedges.

My verdict:

Ribs made with corn were a huge success. The spices added a great smokey flavour, and the meat was crisp and delicious. The lime and cilantro gave them a nice zing, and the portability made them ideal for eating on the go. They made a fantastic addition to any picnic or barbeque. If I were to cook for a large group again, I would prepare them.

4. Accordion Potatoes

Accordion potatoes are another another method for elevating the lowly potato to a show-stopping main course. They are essentially thinly sliced potatoes that have been roasted till crispy and soft and seasoned with butter, herbs, and cheese. They’re entertaining to tear apart and devour because they resemble fans or accordions. I prepared them as follows:

Warm the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and gently butter a baking dish.

– Scrub and dry 4 medium-sized russet potatoes. To make the potatoes stand upright, slice off a little piece from the bottom of each one.

– On the chopping board, sandwich a potato between two chopsticks or wooden spoons. Use the chopsticks or spoons as guides to make thin slices of the potato without cutting all the way through.

– Put the remaining potatoes through the same process and into the baking dish.

– 1/4 cup butter, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper should be melted over low heat in a small pot.

– The butter mixture should be drizzled over the potatoes, ensuring that it reaches in between the pieces.

– If you want tender and golden potatoes, bake them for 45 minutes.

– After 10 more minutes in the oven, sprinkle a quarter cup of grated Parmesan cheese over the potatoes and continue baking until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Add chopped parsley or chives for garnish, if you want.

My verdict:

Fantastic accordion potatoes! The butter, garlic, rosemary, and cheese added incredible flavour, and they were perfectly crisp on the exterior and light and airy on the inside. Mini hasselback potatoes, they were simpler to prepare and enjoy. They went well with just about everything, and could have stood on its own as a snack.

5. Baked Oats

Baked oats are a hearty and satisfying breakfast option. Oats, milk, eggs, banana, and other ingredients are combined together before being cooked in a ramekin or muffin tray until they reach a cake-like consistency. You may alter the taste by adding in your favourite ingredients, including chocolate chips, berries, almonds, or peanut butter. I prepared them as follows:

Cooking spray a ramekin or muffin tray and place it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1/2 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and a sprinkle of salt in a blender or food processor. Mix and blend until everything is uniform. The use of chocolate chips is optional. Distribute the mixture among the ramekins or muffin cups. To get a beautiful brown and hard baked good, bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve with more maple syrup or fresh fruit.

My verdict:

Breakfast baked oats were delicious! They had the texture and flavour of banana bread with chocolate chips and were light and airy. I felt full and satisfied after eating them, and I had enough of energy to go through the day. The fact that I could prepare them in advance and then reheat them in the microwave was fantastic. If I had the time, I’d cook them again and experiment with other fillings and toppings.

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