Whether you’re on board or not, the spiralizing trend has taken off—and it’s rocketing to bacon-level heights. For those of you who have been living under a rock, a Spiralizer is a kitchen gadget—ranging from $15 to $50—that functions similarly to a large pencil sharpener, by cutting fruits and vegetables into long, curling faux-noodles. Pasta is the enemy of hard-core spiralizers; they specialize in creating curly vegetable alternatives. However, if you’re like me and need a little more convincing before buying one, here are five ways to use your Spiralizer beyond the standard vegetables-for-spaghetti swap.
1. Potato Latkes
A Spiralizer is a fast and easy way to get the long crispy threads of potato you need to make these Supercrispy Latkes. Use a russet baking potato or swap in a sweet potato - the thin threads will get extra-crispy around the edges.
2. Muffins, Breads and Cakes
Instead of shredding your vegetables for baked goods like zucchini bread or carrot cake, try spiralizing them instead. We love these healthy Carrot-Bran Muffins for breakfast. For presentation, consider placing a few extra curls of spiralized carrot on top of the batter before baking.