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Recipes that earn a food processor its cupboard space?

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OldLagNewName · 25/06/2016 19:02

I've just inherited a secondhand food processor and am trying to work out whether it is worth keeping, given that I've already got a stick blender which attaches to a small and large goblet.

What delicious (veggie) recipes are much easier if you have a food processor?

Is it worth making cakes in it when the washing up is so much harder than a bowl?

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TheSpottedZebra · 25/06/2016 22:01

It's good for pastry.
And coleslaw.
And those Jamie Oliver bean burgers. And falafel.

I don't like food processor cakes - I think the gluten gets worked a bit too much.

Jodiebee1986 · 25/06/2016 22:03

The pastry alone... Especially short and sweet. Can't seem to manage it by hand Confused

Citizenerased123 · 25/06/2016 22:04

Nigella's shortbread recipe is so quick, easy and delicious (and very bad if you want to control calories!)

Icklepickle101 · 25/06/2016 22:04

Cauliflower rice!!

WhyHasAllTheRumGone · 25/06/2016 22:06

Any kind of cake. Being well beaten makes them light and fluffy.
Use slicing attachment for gratin dauphnoise, coleslaw etc.
Whisks tend not to be up to meringues or risk icing.
Excellent for bread or pizza dough.
Mine is the best gift I ever got!

WhyHasAllTheRumGone · 25/06/2016 22:06

Royal icing!

WhyHasAllTheRumGone · 25/06/2016 22:07

Ooh, butter icing! And pastry, even choice.

(I really do love mine)

WhyHasAllTheRumGone · 25/06/2016 22:08

Damn you auto correct.
Choux pastry.

Hopingforsomesunshine · 25/06/2016 22:12

Anything that requires grated veg eg rosties, coleslaw, fritters

HarrietSchulenberg · 25/06/2016 22:15

Hugh FW's Beetroot and cumin hoummus.
Chopping fruit for Christmas cake.
Soup if you haven't got a hand blender.
Def worth keeping.

Ineedmorelemonpledge · 25/06/2016 22:26

Simply for a 1 minute crumble topping it earns its place in my cupboard.

The attachment that whips egg whites and cream in mine is excellent also.

LakeFlyPie · 25/06/2016 23:39

Grater disc for carrots, cabbage and beetroot.
Blade for processing frozen bananas into unbelievably light, fluffy ice cream.

Those 2 things alone earn it's space IMHO

OldLagNewName · 26/06/2016 08:49

Thx I'll try some of those. I remember making choux pastry once and it was loads of faff, so I will definitely try that to see if it is easier. Not sure I'd be able to persuade DC to eat cauliflower rice. Can you make broccoli rice?!

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Ineedmorelemonpledge · 26/06/2016 10:51

And homemade coleslaw is super simple in a food processor and tastes far more delicious than plastic tub varieties.

AnneLovesGilbert · 26/06/2016 10:55

Watching with interest, we just got one as a gift and I've never had one before!

TinklyLittleLaugh · 26/06/2016 11:36

I think the trick to get the most out of your food processor is to not actually keep it in the cupboard. Mine sits at the back of my prep area. It gets used for all sorts of chopping and grating, pastry and crumble toppings, pesto and humous. It also makes decent dough, but I find the breadmaker easier for that.

whois · 27/06/2016 15:07

Oh I love my FP!

Especally useful for:

  • slaws
  • veg for soups (where the final form doesn't matter - slice everything in 2 mins, cook, blend)
  • bean burger type things
  • pesto
  • chopping herbs

-making pastes or marinades like a thai curry paste (can blend up the lemon grass, garlic, chili etc)
  • pastry
  • avacado chocolate orange mouse (surprisingly good)

Blade for processing frozen bananas into unbelievably light, fluffy ice cream.

YES YES YES that too is amazing

I think the trick to get the most out of your food processor is to not actually keep it in the cupboard

I too keep it out - means it is there and can be used easily to chop e.g. onion even if I do everything else by hand.

I have one of these which has made FP use much easier - so easy to scrape out pesto or whatever now.
MangoIsTheNewApple · 27/06/2016 15:12

Pancake batter (quick and light).

And banana ice cream, of course.

bluecoat08 · 27/06/2016 17:21

get jamie oliver's 15min/30min meals books - the recipes are pretty reliable, and most use a processor to save time.

OldLagNewName · 28/06/2016 16:40

Experiment 1: Broccoli pesto, which I usually make in the blender. I think this was easier in the FP. I could make it less runny and cook the broccoli for less time, because I wasn't worried about burning out the motor. And the shallower wider goblet felt useful. Not a clear win, but a useful data point.

I will try the Jamie Oliver book, thanks. I already use a silicon spatula, and yes, it's great!

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NoahVale · 29/06/2016 18:06


MERLYPUSSEDOFF · 30/06/2016 13:32


I do mine by hand or with a stick blender for soups etc as I can't be arsed washing it up. Mine is about the size of a labrador, hides under the sink and has far too many 'bits' on it.

foodiefil · 30/06/2016 14:08

Pesto. Chopped onions - half an onion, stick it in and whizz. I freeze bags of onions (1 onion per bag) because I get terribly wattery eyes. Other veg etc. Hmm I feel like I use mine a lot but can't remember what for now!

whois · 01/07/2016 11:39

as I can't be arsed washing it up

Mine is top-shelf dishwasher safe :-) Wouldn't ever use it if it wasn't!

GrumpetLikesCrumpets · 01/07/2016 16:40

I agree with the Jamie Oliver 15min meals book suggestion. ...although take the 15 min claim with a big pinch of salt. The spinach, chickpea and feta parcels (with "modern Greek salad" if you go the whole hog) are a lovely alternative to falafel ( also great to make in the FP)

Another recipe that I use my FP for is a lovely Thai sweet potato soup from BBC good food. It really does take only 20mins to make when you use a food processor.


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