This is the time of year to put your food processor to work as an extra set of hands in the kitchen. Why spend minutes on chopping and grating when you can take only seconds?!? Especially if you’re cooking a feast!
Dust Off Your Food Processor!
The “S” Blade:
The “s” blade is for chopping, mincing, mixing, and pureeing. It’s also great for cutting butter into flour to make a very flakey pastry. Just remember, the longer you run the blade, the finer the result. If you’re looking for a rough cut or you’re cutting butter into flour, you’ll want to pulse the blade, either by pressing pulse on the machine or by pressing the machine “on” and “off” buttons.
The blade with the holes is for grating (shredding) and it does the job with no effort (saves your knuckles too). If you have lots of grating to do, maybe you’re making a homemade cheese sauce for broccoli, or shredding potatoes to make latkes, use your food processor.
The slicing wheels are great if you’re making scalloped potatoes, shredded brussels sprouts, or sliced mushrooms for a stuffing. You’ll get nice and even slices which will help ensure things cook evenly.
What is the biggest complaint about using a food processor?
Usually, the biggest complaint I hear about food processors is about cleaning them. If you let it sit with bits of food that dry out and get stuck, it’s true that it will be a big pain to clean. So, try this: the VERY SECOND you’re done with it, rinse it under very hot water, give it a quick scrub, then let it dry. Volia – couldn’t be easier!
Use a food processor to slice the Brussels sprouts in this recipe for Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans and Dried Cranberries
Or to make perfect Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions
or even Caramelized Onions!