Top Uses For Your Cuisinart Food Processor

Cuisinart food processor ratings and usesThe very first commercial food processor brought to the American market was a Cuisinart back in the early 1970’s. This was a revolution for chef’s everywhere as it looked to automate some of the more labor intensive cooking tasks and take strain off of the chef. Fast forward to today, and Cuisinart food processors are still ranked as the best small kitchen appliances on the market. Carl Sontheimer was an American inventor who grew up in France and combined his engineering background with his love of cooking to create the very first Cuisinart model. He would probably be amazed and proud to see how far his idea has come with today’s modern machines.

In 2015 the top ranked Cuisinart food processors still reign supreme as they continue to be some of the most popular kitchen appliances being sold today. They still carry the same dependability, power, and quality performance that has garnered them such high praise from amateur and professional chefs alike. If you are looking for your very first food processing machine, then you can not go wrong with one of their signature models.

Making The Most of Your Cuisinart

The food processor is an authentic kitchen wizard. It offers a lot to speed up the food prep requirements of various recipes and it can truly be one of your best friends in the kitchen. It makes cooking easier and more enjoyable by reducing your work. Here are some different ways we can use one of these versatile machines beyond simply chopping and dicing veggies.

Chopped or Ground Nuts

We can chop nuts into big or small pieces or can keep the motor running to prepare our own nut butters.

Shredding

Most processors feature a shredding and slicing blade. This tears even the hard cheeses and is exceptional for shredding vegetables including potatoes for making hash browns, cabbage for preparing coleslaw, carrots and zucchini for baked items and salads.

Dough and Crusts

Mixing up and kneading the dough for pie-crust, pizza and homemade bread could be easily and quickly done in the food processor. Pasta lovers could make their own noodles at home with this processor.

Making Ground Meat

We can chop the raw meat into medium-sized portions and put in the freezer till firm and have to be careful not to process for too much time, as we will end up getting meat paste. For dishes that require shredded meat, such as enchiladas, we can easily run the cooked meat with the food processor just for few seconds.

Homemade Butter

It is possible to process the heavy cream in the processor and in a few minutes, we will have homemade butter.

Salad Dressings and Dips

Food processors are already praised for their capacity to make mayo from the beginning. In the top of the feed tube, there is a tiny hole. If we put the oil through that hole, it moves into the eggs at just the correct pace to be absorbed and convert everything into mayonnaise. This method also is effective like a charm when we prepare mustardy and creamy salad dressings like Caesar, or an oil based dips or pesto.

Mixing Cookies

Easy and simple cookie recipes that are not weighed down using a lot of butter and flour could be whizzed in a food processor.

Making Crumbs

Turning graham party crackers and dried up bread into crumbs to use as toppings, fillers and crusts are possible with processor.

Making smoothies

Making a smoothie is effortless with the proper food processor. As they are so simple to create, we can also try to be a little more creative.

Owning a food processor unwraps a whole new world of delightful and healthy treats and our life’s happier than before when we can prepare our food easily, eat healthful desserts and spend more time with our family and less amount of time in the kitchen. Surprisingly, the food processor is a helpful item and can change from a ‘What do I do with it?’ to an ��I can’t live without it’ kitchen appliance once we discover its functionality and capabilities. Once we explore the amazing ways we can use the magical multi tasking food processor it’s difficult to imagine life before its use as it takes all the trouble out of our cooking preparation.

Pastry Ideas For Your Kitchen

making your own cinnamon bunsThe beautiful thing about pastry dough or crust is that you can incorporate it into many different dishes. It is probably most commonly associated with the dessert menu, but you can construct many different courses with this ingredient. We will start things off in the kitchen by preparing three completely varying dishes with the recipes below.  This will give you a good starting point from which to expand and experiment with ingredients while you cook.  It is much easier to use a store bought, pre-made pie crust, but it is measurably more enjoyable to make your own from scratch. Below are some recipes that you can try in your kitchen that show off the different ways in which you can use pastry crust. From sweet desserts to savory main dishes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Beef Pot Pie

Yes a pot pie is a wonderful way to use pastry dough and there is nothing sweet about this savory dish.

Ingredients

  • – 1 refrigerated pie crust (please follow softening directions)
  • – 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • – 3/4 pound of boneless sirloin beef steak cut into 1/2 cubes
  • – 1/2 chopped onion
  • – 1 jar (12 oz.) of beef gravy
  • – 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • – 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • – 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • – 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
  • – 2 cups of frozen hash browns (southern-style, 32 oz. package)

Cooking Instructions

1) Heat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Following the instructions on the package, prepare the two-crust pie by using a 9-inch pie pan.

3) Place oil in a large skillet and cook over medium to high level heat until hot. Add beef and onion. Stir until beef is brown. Drain accordingly.

4) Add gravy, cornstarch, sugar, and pepper to a small bowl of your choosing and mix well. Once mixed, pour the mixture into the skillet. Add the hash browns and vegetables to the skillet and stir at a slow pace. Cook for 5 minutes or until the frozen vegetables have properly thawed.

5) Once the mixture has cooked, promptly spoon it into the pie crust pan. Use the second pie crust to cover and seal the mixture. Cut small slits in various places on the top layer of the crust.

6) Bake the pie at a temperature of 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Please allow 10 minutes of cooling time prior to serving.

If you would like to make your own crust instead of frozen you can check out this recipe homemade pot pie crust.

Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • – 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • – 3/4 cup of sugar (white)
  • – 2 packages of biscuit dough (refrigerated if possible)
  • – 1/2 cup of butter
  • – 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Cooking Instructions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Spray 8-10 muffin cups with cooking spray.

3) In a bowl of your choosing, stir the cinnamon (one tablespoon) and sugar until blended.

4) Remove biscuits from packaging and cut into quarters. Place dough into the cinnamon and sugar mixture one piece at a time until adequately coated.

5) Place coated biscuit pieces into the muffin cups. No more than three to five pieces per cup.

6) Place the butter, brown sugar, and one tablespoon of cinnamon, in a microwavable glass bowl and microwave until the butter has melted. Blend the mixture and lightly pour the liquid over each muffin cup.

7) Bake the bread until the tops are golden brown. Cooking time should be roughly 20 minutes. Please allow for a 10 minute cooling period before removing the bread from each cup.

Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients

  • – 1/4 cup butter (chilled if possible)
  • – 2 1/2 cups of cinnamon bun/roll baking mix
  • – 1/2 cup of milk
  • – 1 egg
  • – 2 tablespoons of softened margarine
  • – 3 tablespoons of sugar (white)
  • – 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • – 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • – 1 tablespoon of milk

Cooking Instructions

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2) Apply grease to an 8-inch square cooking pan.

3) Cut butter into 1/4 inch squares.

4) Using a bowl of your choice, add butter and baking mix. Coat butter with mix until each square is coated.

5) Add egg and 1/2 cup of milk to a mixing bowl and beat thoroughly. Pour mixture into bowl containing the butter and baking mix.

6) Take the newly formed dough and place it on a cutting board that has been coated with baking mix. Roll dough in order to coat. Fold and knead the dough 10 to 12 times. Roll into a 15 x 8 rectangle if possible.

7) Add a touch of margarine to the dough as well as a light sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Cut dough into 12 slices.

8) Place the final product on the aforementioned cooking pan and bake until golden brown for 15 to 20 minutes. Please allow 15 minutes of cooling time.

9) Mix powdered sugar and one tablespoon of milk until a smooth texture is reached. Drizzle the mixture over each bun.

As you can see, there are many wonderful ways that you can make use of pastry dough. We hope that this was a tasty introduction and you try cooking one of these in your own kitchen. There is nothing quite like the flaky goodness of the perfectly browned crust. Stay tuned for more if you have a serious sweet tooth as we get some ice cream into the mix.