I welcomed a new member into my kitchen fam this weekend:
Yeah, that’s right: A 12-cup food processor! Isn’t it pretty?! I’ve been wanting one of these badboys for a very long time: I always seem to come across recipes I want to try that call for a food processor, and because I didn’t have one, I had to try and make do with a blender, or not test out the recipe at all.
But, Canadian Tire is having a sale on these right now ($60, instead of the usual $120), so I decided it was a good time to make the investment.
I took it on a test drive on Sunday, making a roasted red pepper and feta dip from Fine Cooking.
I only made a few slight adjustments to the recipe: using dried dill (because my grocery store didn’t HAVE fresh dill, and generally has a terrible selection of fresh herbs), and adding some cracked pepper.
I started by charring three whole red peppers under the broiler for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Once they looked like this:
I took them out and put them in a bowl, and covered it with saran (I think this helps the skin separate from the pepper):
Once they were cool enough to handle, I peeled off the skins and removed the stems and seeds.
Into the food processor the peppers went!
Then, I chopped up about 1/2 cup of feta cheese (I use Holmstead feta, which is from Nova Scotia):
Next, I added in 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil:
I added the cheese mixture into the processor and pressed *pulse*:
Finally, I added in a garlic paste (1 garlic clove, mashed with some salt):
Plus a little pepper…
And this is what I ended up with:
It was sweet and refreshing, and the feta added a nice, creamy tang. It might be even nicer with a little bit of sour cream, as well. But this is a relatively healthy appetizer to serve or just have on-hand for snacking, and one that I’ll definitely make again.
Oh, and I *LOVE* my food processor. Poor Kevin; he’ll be eating only pureed foods for the next little while!