But this weekend I broke down and bought a Cuisinart Food Processor!! I have the mini one that I like to use to make dips and dressings but the problem with this is it’s just too small. So the 11 cup was on sale and I had a coupon so I couldn’t pass up a great deal.
Today, I am finally getting a chance to play with it. It came with three discs: regular slicing , extra thin slicing and shredding, a chopping blade and the dough blade along with a large feeding tube and two covers, not to mention the how-to video.
I LOVE the slicing blades! No more near misses for my digits while trying to slice potatoes extra thin for baked potatoes chips. I can never get them thin enough or all the same size, this does the job super quick and perfect every time!
Not so crazy about chopping veggies in here, I tried an onion and pepper.
A little to wet and sloppy for me, it just seemed too mushy. I think I will continue to chop veggies by hand unless I am looking for this consistency in a particular recipe.
The main purpose for purchasing this was to make my pesto, granola bars and finally try to make some hummus! No more making things in little batches like I have been doing with the mini! Now I can just through all the ingredients in, press on and I’ll be done in no time! Yay!!!
Since basil doesn’t grow year round here I always try and harvest by November, make a huge batch of pesto then freeze it in an ice cube tray for the winter. It is the perfect portion size for adding to soups or thawing out and spreading on a sandwich, pasta or pizza….I could go on and on!
Simple Basil Pesto
- Basil leaves
- toasted pine nuts
- lemon juice
- parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Blend all ingredients and add to an ice cube tray (wrap tightly to prevent freezer burn) and store in freezer.
Enjoy fresh basil pesto through the winter…if it lasts that long!
So all in all I am very happy with my purchase, can’t wait to try some hummus, need to find a great recipe! Any suggestions?!
What’s your favorite thing to make in the food processor?