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.
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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.