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Recipes/Uses for My New Immersion Blender?

I got one for Christmas and I love it. So far I've only made the Curried Squash Soup recipe on Epicurious. It came out a little bland, but I'm still excited to find other recipes for this awesome gadget. Any suggestions?

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  1. Isn't it great! I got one for Xmas as well. I have made sweet potato soup, dressings, morning smoothie, and have used the chopper attachment that it came with to chop onions and garlic for sauces and an egg dish I made. It's great!

    1. Mine is a $10 one without attachments, so I've never used it for anything but pureeing soups and sauces right in the cooking pot. The convenience of not having to transfer batches to a blender or processor, then cleaning that appliance, is well worth the modest investment. And all it takes to clean is a whir in soapy water.

      1. I'm glad you asked this question, O. I'm hoping to expand my own repertoire with mine.

        Btw, I don't know whether you like rustic food, but the blender does a good job on a recipe I have for golden split pea soup, which calls for rough pureeing half of the cooked peas and then including the rest intact.

        I'd like to know if it's possible to make pesto with it? I seem to have misplaced the gasket on my mini pro, and it's messy to use. I thought the immersion blender might be an alternative?

        1. From an online friend, this idea: thicken Thanksgiving turkey gravy by whirring in a scoop of dressing.
          Almost any vegetable can be made into "cream of" soup. Effortless with the immerson blender! Consult a recipe for correct balance of milk/cream to broth/vegetables. I like to experiment with veg combinations, though my SO said a recent spinach/green bean effort tasted like "hay". (??) I've read that these combos are pleasing: butternut squash & leeks, carrots & cauliflower, zucchini & roasted onion. Always keep a few whole rounds or florets or hunks of the vegetables to float for color (and identification!)

          1. I also got one for Christmas, so this thread is perfect. I'm thinking it might work well for hummus or baba ganoujh (sp?). The occasional milkshake, too.

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            1. re: ajs228

              Yes, it works great to make hummus and baba ganoush!
              I also use it to make purees for sauces ect.
              You can also whip up crepe batter/taiwanese omlette batter really easily with an immersion blender :)