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Social media trends aren't always what they seem — especially when it comes to food. Though some viral recipes live up to their fame, others don't taste quite as good as they look on camera.
Instead of spending your time testing every single recipe that comes along, look out for the cooking tips you'll use more than once — like these six trends. Since each trend can be adapted multiple ways, you'll get more out of them than an over-the-top rainbow dessert recipe you'll only make once.
Oatmeal has been around for ages, but lately, social media has been bursting with videos of people turning oats into a baked breakfast cake. The basic recipe is simple but infinitely adaptable.
Simply blend 1/2 cup rolled oats with one ripe banana, one egg, and whatever spices or flavorings you like, then pour into a ramekin and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Baked oats work well with almost any sweet flavor profile. Experiment with different combinations like lemon extract and poppyseeds, cocoa powder and peanut butter, or strawberries and vanilla extract.
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This cooking hack took over TikTok, partly because it can be used for just about any meal. All you have to do is slice halfway through a tortilla or wrap, just to the center, so you can fold it into fourths. Then, you load up each quadrant of the wrap with your choice of toppings, fold it, and serve.
Best of all, you can try this technique with any fillings you like. For breakfast, try scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and mashed avocado. Sliced deli meats and fresh veggies make a quick wrap at lunchtime. You can even fill a tortilla with peanut butter, sliced banana, chocolate chips, and honey for a sweet treat.
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Grazing platters aren't just for charcuterie: boards filled with artfully arranged chocolates, candies, cookies, and other sweets are also having a moment. Best of all, this trend doesn't require any cooking, so it's an ideal dessert option for hosts who aren't great bakers.
Try laying out sour candies and gummies by color to create an ombré effect, or go all in on decadence with every chocolate treat you can find. And if you'd prefer a slightly lighter dessert, serve fresh fruit with a sweet yogurt or chocolate dip.
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Why cook your eggs in boring old vegetable oil when you have pesto in the fridge? Because pesto is an oil-based sauce, it works beautifully for frying eggs.
Here's how to try it: Dollop a tablespoon or two of pesto in a frying pan, then heat until sizzling. Fry your eggs to your liking, then serve them with all the hot pesto drippings. Pro tip: this trick will also work with other oil-based sauces, like buffalo or romesco.
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Even if you're a pro at rolling sushi, preparing enough rolls to feed a large group can be a tall order. That's where the sushi bake comes in: this large-format casserole has all the flavors of your favorite roll, without the time-consuming prep work.
The typical recipe calls for a base of cooked sushi rice topped with a creamy mixture of imitation crab, cream cheese, and mayo. If you're not into baked seafood, just fill a casserole dish with rice, then top with chopped raw salmon or tuna. (Just make sure you're buying sushi-grade fish that's safe to eat raw.) Either way, the entire dish gets finished with a sprinkle of furikake and served with sheets of dried seaweed and slices of fresh avocado.
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Meat-lovers will be big fans of this hack that allows you to cook way more bacon at one time. Instead of laying each strip flat on a baking sheet, twist it into a thin spiral shape. Not only does this free up a lot of space, but it also helps the bacon cook to that perfect middle ground between crispy and tender.
This time-saving hack works beautifully if you're hosting a big group for breakfast but also comes in handy for meal prepping. Don't sleep on bacon as an addition to snacking platters, either!
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