Attempting TikTok recipes in a university dorm – Mercer Cluster
Image: Mary Helene Hall
TikTok chefs have always fascinated me. The 60 second video limit means the dishes come together instantly through the magic of time-lapse videos and skip cuts, and I can’t get enough.
This week I decided to not only look at TikTok recipes, but also try a few. Here are three TikTok recipes you can make from the comfort of your dorm.
Recipe 1: tortilla triangles
For my first recipe, I started with a trend that I saw across TikTok this month. I was very excited to try this recipe because it is so versatile. The concept is simple.
Take a tortilla and fold it in half twice. Next, unfold your tortilla to reveal four equal quadrants. Take a knife, cut your quadrant lines, and then fill in each section with your fillings. I opted for a southwest-inspired tortilla. My four ingredients were chilled beans, salsa, kale, and avocado. However, I’ve seen tons of fillings on TikTok, including a variety of sandwich meats, cheese, and condiments. After you’ve filled your tortilla, follow the lines of each quadrant to fold it. You should have a thick triangle at the end filled with the ingredients of your choice.
Now you are ready for the best: cooking. Like the ingredients, TikTok shows myriad ways to cook these tortilla triangles. I decided to boil mine in a pan with some oil, but you can cook it in a panini press, waffle iron, or even in your home microwave. This recipe is the perfect between-course meal because it’s cheap, easy, and comes together in just minutes.
Recipe 2: Gigi Hadid’s paste
While my next recipe didn’t start with TikTok, it became popular because of the platform. This viral pasta recipe came from a video Gigi Hadid posted on her Instagram story, but it has been recreated across countless TikToks. Technically, this recipe should be cooked over a stove top, but you can just as easily make it in your microwave to add a touch of class to instant mac and cheese.
First, cook the pasta that you plan to use. I used regular spaghetti pasta, but you can use any type you like. Next, prepare your sauce by heating a little olive oil, garlic, green onion, and red pepper flakes over a stove or in your microwave. Then add a quarter cup of tomato paste and half a cup of heavy cream to your sauce and cook everything together. Technically, you should add a tablespoon of vodka to your sauce at this point, but I skipped that step (dry campus!), And it tasted just as delicious.
Recipe 3: whipped cream
This iconic drink, also known as Dalalgona coffee, dominated my For You Page for the first few months of quarantine, but I had never made it until now.
To make it, whisk together two tablespoons each of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Then pour your wonderfully fluffy coffee into a cup of milk and ice.
Unfortunately, as a student, I don’t have access to the hand mixers I’ve seen in most TikToks. Instead, I tried to beat the three ingredients together by hand. After 10 minutes of swiping, my fingers felt like they were about to fall off and I hadn’t gotten any closer to the famous coffee fluff. Despite my best efforts, this recipe turned out to be a failure. Unless you happen to have a hand mixer in your dorm, I’d stick with Starbucks for now.
Despite my coffee mistake, I was still delighted with my week trying TikTok recipes. My dishes might not be as quaint as the TikTok videos I was watching, but they tasted just as delicious. Now that I’ve learned that TikTok recipes can be recreated with the things I have lying around in my dorm, I will definitely try the next one that comes across my feed, and you should, too!