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Feb 14, 2011 01:48 PM

Just Bought a Food Processor

Just made the leap into the common era and bought a food processor. I needed it for a marzipan recipe. What do I do with it for the other 364 days? I came up with pesto, hummus, potato chips, mayo, eggplant salad. Please share a bit of inspiration.

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  1. I made shortbread in mine yesterday.

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      1. re: I used to know how to cook...

        You can even make pasta dough!

        I use mine all the time. It works so much faster for shredding things into even slices (carrots, apples for pie, cheese, cabbage, onions, etc.).

    1. Don't know if you bought a small, medium or large, but depending on the size they can also be used for bread crumbs, half the additions to meatloaf/meatballs, pasta dough, smoothing out ricotta, chopping hard cheeses, turning plain sugar into fine, delumping brown sugar, puree tomatoes for some sauces, pate...and that's without discussing all the uses for the grater and slicing attachments which I don't tend to use because I like doing those by hand.

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      1. re: escondido123

        Its a 12 cup so I guess it is large.

        1. re: escondido123

          They're worth having for the bread crumbs/cornflake crumbs/graham cracker crumbs, etc. alone.

          I also use mine when I make saag paneer to process the spinach, or to puree carrots/parsnips or cauliflower.

          Chop nuts (carefully) or continue to get nut butter.

        2. Pizza dough, beet salad, cucumber salad, celeriac salad. I use it for food prep pretty much any time I need to shred or chop anything. I got mine for Christmas in 2009 and use it several times a week. Things like raw beet or celeriac salads I wouldn't make without it.

          1. Tapenade
            Sun-dried tomato olive oil dip
            Grind nuts for gelato (I made pignoli cookie gelato this summer, mmmmm!)
            Summer pasta (fresh tomatoes, ricotta salata, fresh herbs, avo, garlic 'n oil)
            Buzz lavender with sugar for making lavender desserts (try lavender brownies)!

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              Interesting about the lavender. I walked past a jar of Herbs de Provence today and I said to my self 'I dont like lavender in my food'. I guess I need to revisit that opinion.

            2. Duxelles, pate, eggplant caviar, shredded potatoes for hash browns - and that was just yesterday!

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              1. re: alanbarnes

                Busy as a beaver! What is eggplant caviar? Sounds wonderful. I plan on making eggplant salad after I grill them over charcoal. I avoid buying them out of season on the east coast. They can be dismal. The Asian markets sometimes have the Japanese ones that can be pleasantly fresh.

                1. re: CCSPRINGS

                  Don't know why they call it caviar, but they do. It's just roasted eggplant pureed with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, although other ingredients are also welcome to the party. Here's one recipe:

                  1. re: alanbarnes

                    Thanks for the link, there are great recipes on his website. I made the caviar and it was tasty!

                    1. re: alanbarnes

                      I have some eggplants roasting right now. Must have made the caviar a half dozen times. Thanks again for the inspiration.

                  2. re: alanbarnes

                    flavored butters, grind my own hamburger (slightly freeze the chunks of beef and pulse eleven times - otherwise you can get mush. I find making the hambuger easier than using my Kitchenaide grinder attachent), crusts for cheesecakes and pretty much all of the above. I love my FP.