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Pillsbury’s Take on Trends

Created June 14, 2023
Trending recipes are trendy for a reason—they’re fun to make, or they use a secret hack that makes prep a breeze, or they look cool on social media. Maybe they taste incredible, or maybe—like the recipes here—they’re all of the above!

The recipes in this article are all inspired by current trends—ones that caught our eye and that we knew would be even easier to make (and more delicious!) with our tried-and-true products.

Plus, each one is fun to make together as a family. Invite the kiddos to cook with you or have everyone choose a different recipe (or different variation on a recipe) and have a friendly competition to find your family’s favorite. Take the Ice Cream Pie Cups recipe below: Is the version with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and flaky sea salt the winner? Or the s’mores version, with chocolate ice cream, marshmallow topping and crushed graham cracker?

Ready to try some dishes inspired by recent trends? These five recipes make it easy to whip up your own scroll-stopping meals.

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sandwich

The Inspiration: Breakfast Sandwiches

Our Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast sandwiches have been around for a long time—the first published recipe for a breakfast sandwich was in an American cookbook in 1897!

On social media, breakfast sandwiches really took off in the last couple years, when home cooks posted videos of themselves using simple hacks to make prep less messy without sacrificing flavor.

Our entry is the Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sandwich. The ingredient list is short and sweet, and prep is easy thanks to Pillsbury Grands!™ Cinnamon Rolls with Original Icing.

But the best part? This sandwich solves the classic breakfast debate: whether to eat something sweet, like cinnamon rolls or pancakes, or something salty like bacon and eggs. The Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sandwich lets you do both!

Is it Doughboy magic? Maybe. Will it be a hit with your family? Definitely.

How to Make the Best Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sandwich

Here are a few tips for when you try the recipe:

  • Wanna sleep in? Make the bacon ahead of time, dry it on paper towels and then store it in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator for up to four days. When ready to use, cut the bacon strips in half, then reheat in a toaster oven or microwave.
  • Set all your tools out the night before. Then you won’t have to do too much prep before you have your coffee!
  • Customize the sandwich with your favorite cheese—mozzarella or cheddar would be delicious. They won’t melt as easily as American cheese, so you could heat the bottom half of the rolls with the cheese on top in a toaster oven or microwave until it melts.

Get the recipe here.

Cheesy Fried Crescent Dogs

The Inspiration: Korean Corn Dogs

Our Recipe: Cheesy Fried Crescent Dogs

Some food trends come and go. Others come and … stick around for a while. That’s the case with the Korean corn dog.

In the 1980s, state fair-style corn dogs (hot dogs coated in cornmeal batter) were a popular street food in Korea. Fast forward to 2016, when a Korean restaurant called Myungrang Hot Dog began selling more creative corn dogs (different batters, different crispy coatings, even different ingredients in the center). This delicious meal-on-a-stick took off—within three years, Myungrang Hot Dog had opened over 600 restaurants in Korea. When they expanded to the US, their Los Angeles location became so popular they had to impose a limit of five corn dogs per person per visit.

No surprise, TikTok also loves Korean corn dogs, and the trend inspired our recipe for Cheesy Fried Crescent Dogs — Inspired by Korean Corn Dogs. We make the coating with Pillsbury Original Crescent Dough Sheet, so prep is fast and fuss-free. In the center, we use half mozzarella cheese and half hot dogs, just like we saw on social media. The first few bites will be all cheese, so let each corn dog cool down a bit before serving. No burnt tongues here!

How to Make the Best Cheesy Fried Crescent Dogs:

  • Take your time sealing the seams of the dough around the hot dog and cheese. If it’s not tightly sealed, the cheese could melt and escape into the hot oil.
  • Add condiments without any mess by using squeeze bottles, or put the condiments in separate zip-top bags and seal the top. Then snip off one of the bottom corners to make a DIY piping bag.
  • Customize your condiments—try hot sauce or gochujang, or drizzle on a cheesy sauce.

Get the recipe here.

Biscuit Hamburgers

The Inspiration: A Perfectly Grilled Hamburger

Our Recipe: Hamburgers with Biscuit Buns

What do you call trends that never go out of style? Classics! For this recipe, we chose two classic foods and put them together to make a trend-worthy treat: Hamburgers with Biscuit Buns.

We love it because it’s a mash-up of hearty favorites—buttery Pillsbury Biscuits and rich, juicy hamburgers. You can make it your own by getting creative with toppings, and prep is week-night easy.

If you make hamburgers with regular buns after trying this recipe and it doesn’t spark as much joy around the table, we won’t say we told you so. We promise!

How to Make the Best Hamburgers with Biscuit Buns:

  • Use 80% lean ground beef. The higher fat content helps the hamburgers stay juicy on the inside while getting perfectly charred on the outside.
  • To get equal-sized hamburgers, use a scale. If you don’t have a scale, divide the beef mixture in half, then in half again so that you have four equal portions. Shape two patties from each of the portions.
  • When shaping hamburger patties, try to make them about an inch in diameter larger than the biscuit, since the meat will shrink during cooking. Making a slight indent in the center of each patty will help keep the hamburgers from getting fatter in the center once cooked.

Get the recipe here.

Upside-Down Caramel Apple Pastries

The Inspiration: Upside-Down Pastries

Our Recipe: Upside-Down Caramel Apple Pastries

Upside-down pastries are all the rage on Tiktok right now, and with good reason—they come together with minimal ingredients and can be tailored to fit your family’s preferences. Prefer to use a different fruit? Want to swap caramel for honey? Go for it!

Our Upside-Down Caramel Apple Pastries are sweet, simple and scrumptious. Pillsbury Grands!™ Biscuits bake up flaky and golden brown, and the bright apples and rich caramel in the center make every bite magical. The ingredient list is only 5 items long, and they’re all pantry staples. You could probably bake up a sheet today without a trip to the store!

Millions of people on social media have tried some version of the upside-down pastry trend. This recipe makes it easy to join them!

How to Make the Best Upside-Down Pastries:

  • Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an extra delicious treat.
  • For a salted caramel apple pastry, top finished pastry with a pinch of flaky salt.
  • Thinner apple slices will cook faster and look a little more elegant than thicker slices.

Get the recipe here.

Ice Cream Pie Cups

The Inspiration: Ice Cream

Our Recipe: Ice Cream Pie Cups

Specific ice cream trends come and go, but ice cream itself never goes out of style. Like hamburgers, it’s a classic treat that kids and adults enjoy eating all year round.

For this Ice Cream Pie Cups recipe, we give ice cream a trendy spin by turning it into mini pie cups. Because the cups are fun-sized, everyone around the table can have their own and load them up with their favorite toppings. It’s the perfect treat for families with different tastes!

All you need are four simple ingredients and just a few minutes to bake Pillsbury pie crust in the oven. Once the cups are ready, the fun begins: you can dip the edges in melted chocolate, then layer on whatever topping appeals to you. Think sprinkles, nuts or crushed graham crackers. Then add your favorite flavor of ice cream to the center and reach for even more toppings. Be creative; your options are endless!

How to Make the Best Ice Cream Pie Cups:

  • Make them with a variety of different ice cream flavors. Your only limit is your imagination! Here are some ice cream options:
    • Vanilla
    • Chocolate
    • Mint chocolate chip
    • Strawberry
    • Pistachio
    • Rocky Road
  • Go big on the toppings, too. Consider using:
    • Cherries
    • Strawberries
    • Sliced bananas
    • Sprinkles
    • Crushed graham crackers
    • Crushed walnuts or peanuts
    • Crushed cookies
    • Caramel sauce
    • Chocolate chips

    Get the recipe here.