This kitchen appliance is no one trick pony. In seconds, it can chop vegetables that would have taken much longer to do by hand. It can evenly and thinly slice others. Creamy dips and soups? Yes, that too. You’re also missing out if you don’t use your food processor to make pie crust, pizza dough, cookies, and even cheesecake. Here’s a variety of sweet and savory dishes from our archives that prove the versatility of the home cooking staple.
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White bean dip with lemon pesto and raw vegetables, above. The food processor gets a double workout in this hummus-inspired dip. First, you make a simple basil pesto, then rinse the bowl to mix in the canned bean and tahini dip. For more pesto options, check out Basil-cashew pesto and Classic basil pesto.
Quick homemade hummus. Speaking of hummus, this recipe will take you about five minutes to complete. One of the keys to a lighter texture is making a well-whipped tahini sauce in the food processor before adding the canned chickpeas.
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Vegetable soup with pieces. If the food processor is good enough for Jacques Pépin, it is good enough for us. You’ll get what you pay for with this light soup that’s a great dish when you still want a bowl of comfort even when the weather starts to warm up.
Crispy herb falafel. The food processor is essential for falafel recipes like this one, which starts with soaked, dried chickpeas. The device makes it easy to break them down, as well as heaps of herbs and onions. See also cooked falafel.
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Overnight New York Style Cheesecake. Dessert, anyone? My cheesecake, baked slowly and slowly, uses the food processor to make the crust and filling, which becomes super smooth in a minute or two.
Chocolate Macadamia Kisses. Food processors excel at grinding nuts. It’s useful in these sandwich cookies, which are a riff on Italian baci di dama. Chow-chow, or a sweet nut paste, also goes well in the food processor, which you’ll see in Bostock Panettonea handy recipe for leftover bread and a wide variety of nuts.
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Grilled Hot Links with Chow-Chow. Here, the food processor is essential to finely chop the ingredients for the chow-chow, a tangy-sweet relish enhanced with pickled vegetables and spices.