Look, I'm not a TikTok regular but my daughter is and she shares with me some of the fun/weird/hilarious/genius things that show up on there. I'm less keen on the dances that she tries to get me doing - I can confirm that I am truly, properly awful - but I AM a fan of some of the genius tips. Remember the Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake? That was also a TikTok gem.
So here's another game-changer of an idea, courtesy of the platform. It's not hot off the press (it's taken me a while to get to this - sorry about that) but neither is it a flash in a pan - this feels like a viral trend that's here to stay. TikTok wraps are a clever spin on a quesadilla (ie a tortilla filled with tasty things and cooked in a pan to crisp up and melt the insides). They come together easily, are crispy on the outside and gooey and tasty on the inside. And MOST importantly, they make for easy eating and less filling ‘spillage’ - which is huge!
So what is so genius about TikTok wraps?
The genius of these wraps is in the folding and the clever single cut you make in the wrap. Basically, you make a cut down to the centre of your wrap, then divide your fillings into the four quarters, fold it all up, then pan-fry. Confused? Let me explain with some pictures - I promise you, it's super easy. Weirdly fun too!
Here's how it works -
- Choose your four fillings - I went for guacamole (seasoned with lime), shredded harissa chicken with caramelised onions, a few slow roasted cherry tomatoes and grated cheese (a mixture of cheddar and mozarella).
- Lay out your wrap on a board and with a pair of scissors make one cut to the centre.
- Next visualise the wrap divided into 4 quarters and fill each quarter with a different one of your fillings - guacamole in the first quarter; cheese in the 2nd quarter; tomatoes in the 3rd and chicken in the 4th.
- Then fold the wrap up into a triangle and pan fry.
Why I chose these fillings?
These TikTok wraps are a great opportunity to freestyle and create your own combinations, but understanding why I chose these four fillings might be helpful.
- Guacamole - there needs to be something 'spreadable' to fill the first quarter, otherwise the first quarter's fillings will fall off as soon as you start to fold. Being able to add lime in here is also a great balance to the other flavours + I always have avocados in the house and who doesn't enjoy a bit of guacamole with everything?
- Harissa chicken - I sauteed a sliced red onion until softened (sometimes I use a few caramelised onions from the freezer instead) and added some shredded meat from a rotisserie chicken (from the freezer). I stirred in some harissa from a jar in the fridge and seasoned to taste.
- Slow roasted cherry tomatoes - I had some of these in the fridge but you could also use semi dried tomatoes from the supermarket (they are much less chewy than traditional sun dried tomatoes). Using fresh tomatoes here isn't ideal because they contain too much liquid but slice them really thinly (probably letting the watery seeds fall out) if it's what you have to hand.
- Grated cheese - I like to use a mixture of strong cheddar and mozarella to give flavour as well as that melted cheese 'stretch'.
Here are 5 ideas for other filling combinations -
- Middle Eastern inspired - Hummus, crumbled up falafel, shredded lettuce with a few pickled red onions and thinly sliced tomatoes
- Mexican inspired - Guacamole, Chilli con carne, shredded lettuce with spring onions and grated mozarella
- Breakfast inspired - Softly scrambled egg, crispy fried bacon, shredded spinach and grated cheddar
- Hot Dog inspired - A mixture of ketchup and American mustard, thinly sliced cooked sausage, fried onions and grated cheese
- And finally, a little sweet inspiration - Nutella, sliced strawberries or bananas, marshmallows and grated chocolate
Top tips for making TikTok Wraps -
- Fill the first quarter with something 'spreadable' (eg guacamole, hummus, ketchup, nutella etc), otherwise the first quarter's fillings will fall off as soon as you start to fold.
- Be sure to place the cheese on the outer layer so it melts properly. Apologies, I realised that I hadn't done this after I had taken the photos. If you make the same mistake, cook the wraps slower and longer to be sure that the cheese inside gets enough heat.
- Keep any lettuce towards the middle so that you don't get a cooked lettuce situation. Alternatively, replace the lettuce with spinach which is altogether more tolerable if it gets hot!
- These wraps are a great way of using up really tiny amounts of leftovers. Experiment and discover your favourite combinations!
- They are best eaten straight from the pan but are also surprisingly good cold the next day. This makes them extremley popular in packed lunches.
Thank you, TikTok for the inspiration. Now I must get back to working on perfecting my TikTok dance moves …Print