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TikTok's Microwave Trick Is Reinventing Parmesan Rinds
By Elaina Friedman
TikTok is full of delicious recipes for when you're not in the mood to do a lot of prep work but want something that tastes a little more gourmet. TikToker Gray Davis shared a recipe that requires three things that you may already have in your kitchen: a plate, a microwave, and a parmesan rind.
In Davis' TikTok, he peels off the wax from a parmesan rind, cuts it into bite-sized pieces, and microwaves the slices for one minute, resulting in a crunchy, airy, and delicious cheese puff. The ASMR of his crispy bite at the end of the video is compelling, and Davis' cheese trick yields a delightfully airy treat that feels decidedly fancy.
The video has inspired viewers to incorporate Davis' cheese snack into other recipes, with one user commenting that the puffs are also great in soup. If this trick isn't your favorite, you also can add leftover parmesan rinds to risotto, broths, stews, beans, or Italian tomato-based sauces for a rich, umami flavor.