Recipes requiring food processor
February 1, 2010 1:29 PM   Subscribe

Looking for everyone's favorite recipes that require the use of a food processor.

I got a fabulous food processor for my birthday (yay!) and can't wait to try it out. I'd love ideas on favorite recipes that require the use of a food processor. (Please post a link or the recipe itself if possible.)

For example, I absolutely love Moosewood Cookbook's recipe for gazpacho, which (obviously) requires the power of a food processor.

Any other ideas? (Please note there are no limitations on the recipes - e.g. they do not need to be vegetarian or vegan - just delicious!)

I've already explored this, this and this.
posted by cranberryskies to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
posted by TheNewWazoo at 1:31 PM on February 1, 2010

This sundried tomato pasta salad has become the base for a million iterations. Delish.
posted by mynameisluka at 1:35 PM on February 1, 2010

Macadamia Butter cookies are my favorite; you use the food processor to make the macadamia nuts into nutbutter.

Also, anything can be "pesto" - process an herb/veg, oil, and a nut. Kalamata olive pesto with raw garlic is fantastic.
posted by Knowyournuts at 1:38 PM on February 1, 2010

Capellini with Tomato Pesto from Quick Vegetarian Pleasures.
posted by dawnoftheread at 1:40 PM on February 1, 2010

Pizza dough is where my Cuisinart shines.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:41 PM on February 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

Basil pesto!
posted by scody at 1:48 PM on February 1, 2010

To make tasty olive hummus, I mix a can of chick peas, 1/2 cup kalamata olives, a glug of olive oil, a half lemon's worth of juice, and two cloves of garlic. So fast; so easy.

(I was thinking of posting this exact question the other day, actually -- so, thanks!)
posted by cider at 1:49 PM on February 1, 2010

Simple, fast and delicious: black olive tapenade!

Pulse in your food processor a drained tin of black olives, 2 peeled garlic cloves (or to taste), a couple of anchovies, a few grinds of fresh pepper, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serve on crostini or with grissini.
posted by lioness at 1:51 PM on February 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

previously, a while back.
posted by felix grundy at 1:52 PM on February 1, 2010

Mark Bittman has a great bread recipe in his How to Cook Everything Vegetarian book where you use a food processor--this looks accurate.
posted by leesh at 1:57 PM on February 1, 2010

I make all my pastry/pie dough in the Cuisinart. Perfect, uniform results all the time.
posted by mkultra at 2:06 PM on February 1, 2010

Instant ice cream:

Combine frozen strawberries (the individually-frozen kind, not the single-block-of-ice type), sugar, and cream in the processor. Process for two or three minutes until the berries are pulverized and the mixture looks and feels like ice cream. You can substitute other frozen fruit in approximately-one-inch chunks for the strawberries, or yogurt for the cream. I found this is the little cookbook that came with my Cuisinart food processor in 1983. Here's a similar recipe with quantities specified.
posted by Ery at 2:16 PM on February 1, 2010 [2 favorites]

200gm butter in chunks, 250gm flour - blitz til it looks like breadcrumbs, add 125ml sour cream. When it makes a dough ball, stick it in the fridge for half an hour, roll it out, fill with anything you want in a pie and chill for a bit longer. Do an egg wash, bake for 20 min at 425, then 30 min at 350. Best and easiest pastry recipe I've ever come across.
posted by geek anachronism at 2:31 PM on February 1, 2010 [3 favorites]

posted by small_ruminant at 2:41 PM on February 1, 2010

When I first got my food processor many many years ago, there was a small hole in the bottom of the feed tube. In the recipe book that came with the machine, there were instructions for using this to drizzle olive oil into an egg mixture to make homemade mayonnaise. You might look in your instruction brochure to see if there's something similar.

I puree strawberries and other fruit for sorbet, then freeze them in a gelato machine.

I've had great luck making hummus as well.

I usually do the butter/sugar/egg yolk/milk stage of basic cake recipes in the food processor, then use a separate bowl to beat egg whites and then fold the components together. This is probably my most common 'workhorse' use of the food processor.

Ground meat is interesting to work with, because you can end up with different textures than you get with a meat grinder, or grocery store hamburger. I've done pate or terrines on rare occasions.

You can grind nuts like almonds or walnuts for tortes; I usually get better results by using a small electric coffee grinder, though.

It's possible to do bread doughs; I usually use my bread machine for kneading bread doughs, because it has a timer.
posted by gimonca at 3:05 PM on February 1, 2010

Mexican Street Salad.
posted by you're a kitty! at 8:18 PM on February 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

We make a similar salad to that at home but add jicama. It's good! The dressing we use is sort of a lime "vineagrette," and it includes garlic, which isn't traditional.
posted by small_ruminant at 10:00 AM on February 2, 2010

Thirding pie crust. The food processor makes it awesome. The first search link looks OK.
posted by anaelith at 3:14 PM on February 2, 2010

Short bread!
posted by small_ruminant at 5:15 PM on February 2, 2010

This chicken with pecan cream and mushrooms. Don't let the "Cooking Light" source fool you--this is rich and delicious. I could eat that sauce with a spoon. (In fact, I have.)
posted by Ms. Informed at 8:55 AM on February 17, 2010

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