12 Easy Recipes to Make in Your Food Processor

12 Easy Recipes to Make in Your Food Processor

I teach cooking classes several times a month in Austin at Patricia’s Table. (My next class is coming up on June 28, if you’re interested! Sign up with a friend and BYOB; great food and lots of fun guaranteed!)

We use a food processor in nearly every class. And invariably, as I’m introducing my sous chef (le food processor), someone says:

“I have a food processor, but I’ve never even taken it out of the box! I just don’t know what to use it for.”

Can you relate?

Then this post is for you :) Today I’m featuring twelve delicious recipes that you can whip up in your food processor with ease.

But first, a couple of things:

  • Although the bowl and blade of a food processor can be a bit of a hassle to clean, the time saved in chopping and mixing makes a little extra clean up well worth it. (Plus, you can always leave the dirty bowl and blade in the sink and let your husband do the cleaning! Just kidding haha. I would never do that.)
  • Also, although you can sub a blender for a food processor in some of the recipes, I prefer the processor because you can better control the consistency and texture of what’s inside. For example, homemade pesto in a high-powered blender can very quickly turn into a runny mess; whereas, in a food processor, you can gently pulse the basil, nuts, garlic and cheese, while streaming in the olive oil, to achieve the slightly-chunky consistency that makes homemade pesto so delightful.
  • Finally, if you’re in the market for a food processor (and this is not an ad), the Cuisinart food processors are my favorite right now. For small jobs (like the small-batch lemon-dill sauce below), I especialy love the Cuisinart mini prep processor, so highly recommend that one, too.

Okay here are the recipes! Hope you enjoy them!

1.  Blended Zucchini-Basil Soup

2.  Easy Homemade Hummus

3.  Best-Ever Cilantro-Lime Sauce

4.  Easy Lemon-Dill Sauce

5.  Texas Chimichurri

6.  Easy Basil Pesto

7.  Five-Minute Salsa Verde

8.  Easy Summer Gazpacho

9.  Cheesy Pureed Cauliflower

10.  Traditional Tabbouli (Tabbouleh) Salad

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11.  Homemade Pie Crust

12.  Jeannie’s Buttermilk Biscuits

And these don’t even include all the things you can do with the slicing and grating blades! I’ll save those for another post :) Do you have a food processor? Which kind? And what do you make? I’d love to hear from you, thanks!

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