6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

There are far more interesting things you can make with a food processor rather than beating egg whites for a sponge cake or grinding meat for lasagna bolognese.

Sure, it can chop, shred, slice, and grind. However, it also opens the door to many tasty recipes that can save you after a hard day at work, when the last thing you want to do is overwork yourself in the kitchen.

So, let’s see what you can do with a food processor that will make your kids forget about their “fast-food tantrum” and ask for home-made food!

Fire up the food processor, and let's get to work!

1. Broccoli Salad

Let’s start with our favorite crunchy and fresh Broccoli salad. The first emptied dish at potlucks and appetizer parties.

6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

Broccoli Salad

Equipment

  • Food Processor 

Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 4 cooked bacon slices
  • 2 cups small broccoli floret
  • 1 ½ cups small cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup chopped carrot 
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Bring the large bowl of your food processor and add the cooked bacon, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, carrot, and onion.
  • Chop them several times until well combined.
  • Pour the mix in a bowl and set it aside.
  • Add all the dressing ingredients into another small bowl and stir till mixed well.
  • Add the shredded cheddar cheese along with the sunflower seed, cranberries, and almond to the main broccoli bowl and pour half of the dressing on top. 
  • Mix all the ingredients well, then toss the coat with the rest of the dressing.
  • Refrigerate for one hour then serve.

2. Ricotta Latkes

Time for a mouth watering Italian recipe. These delicate pancakes are the ideal choice for a very exciting breakfast or an afternoon tea-time treat when you’re in the mood for something light and sweet.

6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

Ricotta Latkes

Equipment

  • Food Processor 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Non-stick cooking oil spray

Instructions
 

  • Pulse all the ingredients except the cooking oil in a food processor for two minutes, and stop every now and then to scrape down the sides as needed. Bring it out when it’s completely smooth.
  • Spray a frying pan with non-stick cooking oil spray, then heat it to 350 degrees. 
  • Drop two tablespoons of the batter on the frying pan for each pancake and spread it to form a thin circle. 
  • Cook each side for 2-3 minutes until it’s slightly browned.
  • Repeat for the rest of the batter.
  • If you find it’s darkening quickly, reduce the heat.
  • Serve it immediately with honey or jam topping.

3. Turkey Meatballs

These protein powerhouses can be the best way to serve your kids a super yummy dish. And using your food processor, they’re going to be super quick too. 

6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

Turkey Meatballs

Equipment

  • Food Processor 

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • One cup whole-wheat bread slices
  • ⅔ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup minced parsley
  • Two large eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Non-stick spray oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Chop the bread slices in the food processor until crumbs form then transfer into a large bowl.
  • Add the meat along with the parsley, eggs, oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then pulse to blend.
  • Add the meat along with the parsley, eggs, oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then pulse to blend.
  • Coat the rack with non-stick spray oil.
  • Shape the mix into medium-sized balls then arrange them on the rack.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until their edges become crispy and slightly browned.

4. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Time for a healthy and sweet afternoon snack or New year’s get-together. To make chocolate avocado pudding, you only need a few ingredients and your magical food processor.

6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Equipment

  • Food Processor 

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup melted chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Blend all the ingredients in the processor until they become smooth.
  • Scrape down the sides to ensure a good blend.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes then serve chilled.

5. Basil and Parsley Pesto

Make your beloved pesto in just a few steps with a food processor and serve it with sandwiches, pasta, or Italian-style soup.

6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

Basil and Parsley Pesto

Equipment

  • Food Processor 

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup packed Italian parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Chop basil along with parsley, garlic, and almonds in a food processor.
  • Add honey, salt, lemon zest, and juice then blend the mix together until a paste starts forming. 
  • Add oil gradually and continue to crush until a creamy paste has formed.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and blend again till the paste comes together.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

6. Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

This sweet shortcrust pastry, aka sweet pie crust, only takes a few minutes to make. It will guarantee that you have enough stock to shell your favorite apple pie or melt-in-the-mouth lemon meringue that melts in the mouth.

6 Quick and Creative Recipes to Make in a Food Processor

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Equipment

  • Food Processor 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 125-gram chilled unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chilled water
  • ¼ cup pure icing sugar 

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour, cold butter, and sugar into the processor’s bowl and pulse several times until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Add chilled water and process until the dough becomes more firm.
  • Bring the dough out and knead it a few more minutes, then shape it into a disc.
  • Let it rest in the freezer for 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Final Thoughts

Among the ways we like to use our food processor, these are the best recipes that have made it to our recipe book. Tell us about your favorite food processor recipes as well.

Enjoy and Bon Appetit!