One of the things I’m most looking forward to when I get my new food processor is all the new recipes I’ll be able to try that will be a total cinch to make. Right now I have to run around and borrow my mother’s food processor and then run around to return it right away because she uses it all the time. It’s just a hassle. I’m a big kid now so I can get my own machine, right?

Right. So I went through my favorites of the recipes I’ve saved which will require my new best friend, my own food processor, to make. I picked the ones I’m most excited about and listed them here. There is something on the list for just about everyone, and I have hundreds more where these came from.

For A Long, Delicious Weekend

homemade pastaThis is not a recipe I have the time for very often, but it’s still amazing. If I was off for the weekend or had some spare time to putter around the kitchen, I would totally give this one a shot again.

Say it with me – home. made. pasta. Seriously. And it tastes delicious. And it’s not super difficult, you just have to be patient. If you can manage that, you’ll be so happy with the results, I can’t even tell you. Basically, you get the dough ready in the processor before you do the cutting and the slicing. It works really well, even though some of pasta purists will tell you it’s a terrible idea. Don’t listen to them, and get the recipe for some delicious homemade pasta right here.

The BEST Sandwiches

homemade mayonnaiseI’m usually into convenience more than fancy, but every now and then something comes along that is just the best ever and it really blows everything else out of the water. I found this recipe for homemade mayonnaise (yeah, really, homemade mayonnaise) and I tried it on a weekend when I was making sandwiches for the family. It was totally amazing. Then I made a huge batch of it and made every kind of salad I could think of because everything just tastes better with it. It’s so much easier to make than I thought it would be, and it is way more important to me than I thought it would be.

It isn’t exactly a picnic in the park to make, but it’s also isn’t brain surgery. Give it a shot by heading over here.

The Gold Standard

hummusIf you aren’t making hummus with your food processor, you’re definitely doing it wrong. It’s like the number one thing food processors are made for. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but still. Homemade hummus is leaps and bounds ahead of the store bought stuff, and you can really enjoy the heck out of it with this recipe from CHOW.

Even My Husband Will Eat This

artichoke dipMy husband is kind of a picky eater. He will try new things sometimes, but getting him to can kind of be a struggle. If I need an appetizer I know he’ll like, I always go with artichoke dip. I have tried the prepared ones, and they’re passable, but not amazing. I really wanted something hearty and gooey with a whole lot of delicious wrapped all up in it. What I found was this awesome recipe for creamy artichoke dip from Sunset. It’s easy to make, uses a lot of things I already have around the house, and oh my bob, all the cheese! It’s seriously so good. Try it here.

Cookout Delight

coleslawYou can’t run the grill without coleslaw. I think it’s illegal. Or if it’s not, it should be. I love coleslaw every way I can get it, but getting the vegetables chopped up for homemade can be a major annoyance. I know they have mixes that are already chopped up, but they’re much more expensive and I find they aren’t nearly as fresh most of the time.

A food processor could solve that problem real quick like. The right blade can get each of the vegetables chopped up perfectly, and you don’t have to wash the bowl between veggies because it’s all going back in there at the end to get mixed together. I like this recipe because it’s not particularly sweet, but I am on the hunt for a recipe that sweetens things up a bit so I have both options. Coleslaw – one of life’s perfect foods. Or if it’s not, it should be.

Try it out at Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops.

Just A Few Options

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many things you can do with your food processor, it doesn’t matter if you need something totally homogenous like hummus or just a mixture like coleslaw or chicken salad. It’s all doable. With your food processor, you can even make the condiments that make a meal perfect. How can you go wrong if you’re on a cooking spree?