I’m in Love! I’m in Love! …With A Food Processor


I’m in LOVE.  I’m in LOVE and I don’t care who knows it!  I want to shout it from the mountain tops!  Friends, I’m am so very pleased to announce to you that after long deliberation and careful planning there is a new addition to my little family…I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce you to my latest pride and joy:

That’s right, a new 14-cup Cuisinart  food processor with an extra-large feed tube in brushed stainless steel.  This machine can handle just about anything I throw at it. It’s even powerful enough to knead bread dough! Whether it’s a simple meal or a complex dish, this baby has cut down on both my preparation and clean-up time.  What a delight!

Believe it or not, until this point, I have survived solely on a handed-down, mini chopper, gifted to me by mother as she upgraded.  Don’t get me wrong, the little guy is a gem and is still in play for use but decided it was time to get a big-girl machine and charge full-speed ahead.  I cook most ferociously at home- there isn’t anything I love to do more with my free time than cook and experiment with recipes and as I tore open the box I knew I had to use it immediately.

But what to make…? I decided on the perfect recipe to christen the new addition to my kitchen.  A classic roasted salsa.  I’ve always made salsa but by hand…such a labor of love. Nothing beats a fresh, homemade batch.  You control the ingredients, the texture, and the temperature; the difference between homemade and store bought is undeniable.  If you don’t already, start making your own for your family.  What used to take me a few hours (yes, I actually cut everything up by hand) is now down to about 15-20minutes (minus the roasting time).  It’s become a weekly event for me… On Saturday morning I pick up all of the fresh produce and by Saturday evening – we have our jars filled.   I thought you might want to try my recipe – whether you make it by hand or using your own food processor; it’s a recipe I know will make you happy.  I keep a jar in the refrigerator at all times.

Classic Roasted Salsa

*Note: depending on the size of the produce you may decide to add more/less depending on your preference.  The same holds true for heat; if you prefer less heat, user fewer jalapenos or just remove the ribs and seeds.  Don’t be afraid to play with this.  This recipe is a great guide but feel  free to make it yours!

Ingredients:

5-6 large plum tomatoes
1 medium-large red pepper
1 medium green pepper
1 large sweet onion
1 large red onion
1 head of garlic – unpeeled
2 jalapeno’s (the size of your index finger)
1 bunch of cilantro
2 limes
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp of red wine vinegar
Optional: Sriracha Sauce to taste

Process:

  • Heat oven to 400’
  • Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil or parchment paper
  • Clean/prep the vegetables – make sure they are clean; I usually core the tomatoes and take the outer layer of skin off the onions
  • Lay everything out, in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet
  • Bake until vegetables are blistered and slightly softened, flipping the vegetables at the 30min mark (garlic may need to be removed earlier if it’s browning too quickly)
  • Discard the garlic skins; in a food processor, pulse garlic and cilantro; add the juice of 2 limes, season with coarse salt and  pulse to combine – place cilantro mixture in a bowl and set aside
  • Place all the remaining vegetables in the food processor (may need to do this in two batches) and coarsely puree until you have the texture you prefer
  • Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in the cilantro mixture; add the balsamic vinegar, the red wine vinegar, and gently combine
  • At this point you may choose to add in a little additional salt and/or Sriracha Sauce, if desired. *I usually let the salsa sit at room temperature for about an hour to let all of the ingredients marry before determining if any adjustments need to be made; if you find it’s too hot for your liking I recommend adding a few more coarsely pureed tomato’s (no need to roast) and sometime I add a splash or orange juice

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9 thoughts on “I’m in Love! I’m in Love! …With A Food Processor

  1. I just got the 12 cup version. I too am a salsa-holic but instead of roasted, I prefer mine in the form of pico de gallo. I can’t wait for the summer when the fresh stuff comes in!!

    • I’m so happy to hear that you have one too! I do enjoy pico de gallo as well. I’m totally with you – when I make it I do not roast the veg. either. I love the fresh taste!

  2. I have had the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor for about a year and I have to say that of all the food processors I have used in my life, this one is my least favorite. If all I used it for was to process food in the large bowl, I’d probably be fine. But I also use my food processor to slice and grate vegetables — and performing those tasks with this food processor is a pain. Everything that goes into the input tube has to be cut into pieces no longer than about 2 inches. No more slicing up whole zucchinis or grating big chunks of potato.

    Not only that, if you want to add something to the processor while it is running, you have an extremely limited tube for additions. The feeding tube looks generous, but there are so many restrictions on its use that it’s a wash.

    I’m glad others are having better experiences with this product. Maybe I can sell mine on ebay.

    • I think from the picture she has the large tube one. I have a large tube from another brand and it is excellent for the tasks you talk about. I just wanted a cadillac of machines!

    • I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with your machine. How disappointing! I have not had any of the trouble you did..Though I do have an extra wide feeding tube, did you? I have not had any challenges with other functions.

      I hope that you have found a suitable replacement – it’s the function that matters most and not the name. Good luck!

  3. I have used my food processor (Cuisnart) and I have 2 for the past 30 years. I love it and recommend to everyone. I worked for the company in the 80’s and gave demos. I can’t say enough about it. I have made bread,salsa,grated cheese, and etc. I have used other brands (at other homes) and the Cusinart still stands great, in my book.

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