Trust me, I know what it’s like. You’re excited to start using your brand-new fancy food processor, but when you get it, the accompanying recipe book is tiny, and there are only a handful of appealing recipes in there.
But, you don’t have to worry. And you don’t have to get yourself a new recipe book. I’ve got the solution right here.
I’ve been scouring the net to find the best food processor recipes on the net, and tried them out to confirm they’re as tasty as they sound. And now I get to share my findings with you.
My descriptions are kinda brief, but I do provide links to the full recipe for every dish I mention in my shortlist. I’ve tried to include a variety of types of foods and drinks, including both savory and sweet options.
Then I’m going to top that off with a section where I answer some of your most frequently asked questions on the subject.
I love my food processor, when it arrived it was something of a game changer for my cooking repertoire. Anyway, without further ado, get those taste buds ready, because here we go!
Let’s kick things off with a classic! One of the more popular things to make in a food processor is peanut butter, since store bought peanut butter is usually full of additives and too much sugar.
With this recipe, you are in control, and you know exactly what is going into it and how much. All you need for this recipe is roasted unsalted peanuts and a pinch of salt. And hey presto, it’s done!
If you love to throw a dinner party for family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, your guests will love this cranberry sauce, which pairs excellently with a rotisserie turkey!
It’s super simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients. It’s fruity and delicious, and you can control the sweetness by adding the sugar gradually and taste testing as you go along.
Now, this is comfort food! This sweet potato mash is buttery, creamy, and extra sweet, thanks to easy to source ingredients such as unsalted butter, whole milk, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon.
Unlike with regular potatoes, it’s perfectly fine to use them in a food processor – they come out great. And you don’t even need to peel them first. Even picky eaters seem to like it!
If you’re ever on a health kick, and you want to replace your high carb rice with a lower carb vegetable alternative, then this is hands down the best way to do it! It’s perfect for use with curries.
You just take a head of cauliflower, put it in the food processor, and add other ingredients for flavor, such as almonds, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and a little lemon juice.
As with the peanut butter mix I mentioned earlier, more and more people are turning to making their own condiments at home in their food processor, so they can control what goes into it and avoid unnecessary preservatives.
This mayo recipe features egg, mustard, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, and you can also add some Tabasco sauce if you so wish.
When you want a little guacamole for your nachos, or other Mexican dishes such as tacos, it’s certainly nice to be able to control the heat level – and that’s where recipes like this one come in.
There are only 7 ingredients to source, including avocados, red onion, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, and lime juice. All you have to do is put the ingredients in the processor and pulse until smooth.
Coleslaw is great, but who wants the hassle of shredding all that cabbage and carrot yourself. Well, with this recipe, you don’t have to. You just let the processor take care of it.
It’s super easy to make, you simply chop the cabbage, carrots, and red onion in the processor before combining with mayo, red wine vinegar, and a little salt.
You no longer have to go to an Asian restaurant to get your chimichurri fix – with this recipe, you can make your very own, right at home. And you can make it in less than 20 minutes.
You can either use it as a spicy marinade for grilled fish, red meat or chicken, or alternatively as a tasting dipping sauce for meat and/or vegetable skewers.
For those of you who don’t already know, gazpacho is basically a chilled vegetable soup. It’s a dish that originates from Spain, and is most frequently enjoyed in the hot summer months as a means to cool down.
This version features such ingredients as celery, red onion, minced garlic, tomato sauce, and spices paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
How about using your food processor for a decadent dessert? These chocolate truffles are absolutely delicious, and you can make them in a mere 10 minutes.
What’s more, this recipe is 100% vegan, thanks to ingredients such as coconut oil, cocoa powder, and cashew butter. I also love the addition of pitted medjool dates.
This tasty recipe is a healthier alternative to regular mashed potato. It’s got carrot and swede, which are packed with vitamins and minerals.
And once the veg is cooked, you can blend it all in your food processor. In addition to carrot and swede, it’s also got double cream, butter, a dash of flavorful nutmeg, and some salt and pepper to taste.
I honestly didn’t know that vegan recipes could be this delicious! Although it says “in the blender” you can also make it a food processor.
It has some really flavorful ingredients, such as garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, lemon juice, chickpeas (of course), and more. The recipe yields 8 servings, coming in at just 125 calories per serving.
This restaurant quality Mexican salsa recipe comes highly recommended, and makes an excellent topping for tacos, burritos and more, or a nice dip for tortilla chips.
It features such ingredients as diced tomatoes, garlic, red onions, green onions, jalapeño pepper, and a range of different spices. And it’s ready to eat in as little as 5 minutes.
Almond butter can be enjoyed on bread or toast, or added to a smoothie, or swirled into yogurt for additional protein.
This recipe is way healthier than store bought versions, coming in at just 164 calories per serving. Besides almonds, the ingredients include cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup and a pinch of salt.
A good ranch salad dressing can really dress up a bland salad, and this recipe comes out tasting great. And you can make it in minutes.
It uses mayo and sour cream as the base and also incorporates flavors like garlic, paprika, lemon juice, pepper, chives, salt and pepper, and more.
Who doesn’t love pizza! Well with this recipe, you can make your very own pizza dough at home with your food processor, all from store cupboard ingredients.
It only requires 6 ingredients, and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare. And if you want to make it ahead of time, you can freeze it until you’re ready to use it. One pizza quarter comes to 350 calories.
This link will take you to not one, not two, but 3 different flavored butter recipes, including garlic and herb butter, paprika sesame butter, and cinnamon orange butter.
All made in the food processor with butter, heavy cream and salt. The process is mess free, and you can tweak the ingredient portions to your particular tastes.
Did you know that you can make pie crust dough with your food processor? Well, you can with this recipe. What’s more, it produces consistent flaky pie dough every time.
It only requires 4 ingredients, namely all-purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, and ice-water. And if you wish you can also add a little sugar into the mix, if you’re making a sweet pie.
You don’t have to limit the use of your food processor to food alone – you can also use it for making body butter to moisturize your skin. The recipe inventor uses it to avoid stretch marks from her baby bump.
When I tried it, it left my skin feeling silky smooth. It only requires 3 ingredients, namely raw shea butter, coconut oil, and your choice of essential oils.
Chocolate lovers, I’ve got you covered! You can make a delicious chocolate mousse in your food processor with this quick and easy recipe.
The ingredients include the likes of milk chocolate chips, vanilla extract, heavy cream, and half a teaspoon of instant espresso powder to give the mousse a real depth of flavor and a bit of a kick.
Food processors are really popular for making your own baby food. Babies who don’t have teeth to chew need soft pureed fruit and veg.
One of the most popular store bought baby food jars uses fruit such as apples and bananas. And with this recipe, you can now make your own at home, free of any nasty preservatives.
This delicious dish is super simple to make. You only need 3 ingredients, namely slightly thawed frozen strawberries, heavy whipping cream, and granulated sugar.
You can taste test the ice cream, gradually adding a little more sugar until you get the level of sweetness you like. The recipe yields 9 servings, and each serving comes in at just under 250 calories.
Now we’re going to go out with a bang! This recipe is not only delicious, but is also relatively healthy as well. I just love the use of cinnamon, lemon zest, and vanilla extract in this apple crumble, and it pairs perfectly with the apple based filling.
It uses less butter than regular apple crumble, and you can use your food processor to make the crunchy topping. The recipe yields 6 servings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Worth Getting A Food Processor?
I imagine my shortlist of food processor recipes has shown you just how versatile a machine a food processor can be. Once you start using one, you’ll soon start to wonder how you ever got by without them.
It certainly makes food prep quicker, and arguably more enjoyable. You don’t have to have great knife skills, and you can simply let the food processor take care of both chopping and blending.
What Should You Not Put In A Food Processor?
To be honest, this depends very much on which food processor you go for. You can get ones that will crush solid ice, and you can get ones that can handle hot foods.
However, this isn’t that common just yet, and you should definitely check your machine’s manual if you’re not sure what it can handle. If you’ve lost your paper copy, you may be able to download a PDF copy online.
Is A Blender And Food Processor The Same?
Blenders and food processors are very similar. They both feature blades designed to cut through foods and bend them. Where they differ the most is in just how much they can do.
As a general rule, you can do a lot more with a food processor than with a blender, such as dicing and puréeing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my shortlist of top food processor recipes, but to be honest, this is just the tip of the iceberg, you could spend days researching them and trying them out!
I hope you’ve found something you like the sound of and that it comes out well for you – enjoy!