The Best Stand Mixer Recipes that Have Nothing to Do with Baking
Are you thinking of buying a stand mixer or a handheld mixer? Do you have one sitting at home taking up shelf space? Are you not sure of what to do with it outside of mixing up some cookie dough for the kids and their Christmas cookie cutters?
Are you tired of burning the cookies, or the cake, or finding out that you got that measurement wrong with your grandma’s Bavarian bread recipe?
Maybe you are a better cook than a baker and you look at the stand mixer you placed on your registry — mainly because you felt like a kitchen would be incomplete without it — with a little bit of dread knowing it will just collect dust.
Well, we’re here to help. Stand mixers are about much more than just baking. Sure, for most people it might conjure up images of Christmas in the kitchen, but think of all the things you use a fork to mix and you’ll quickly realize all the possibilities before you.
Let us show you some scrumptious stand mixer recipes that have absolutely nothing to do with baking.
1. The Best Stand Mixer Recipes: Guacamole
I was actually at a burger joint the other week, and while the guy was placing avocado slices on my friend’s burger he proceeded to tell me they were “out of guacamole.” I replied, “you can give her that, but you can’t make me some guacamole?”
I could see the stack of avocados and onions in the bin behind him. Five minutes later he came to our table with a small container of guacamole for my burger.
What many gringos don’t know is that guacamole is actually a pretty simple side to make. It’s basically mashed up avocados with a few spices thrown in.
Which is why this side is perfect to make in a mixer. And what’s awesome, the mixer will save you the sore wrist sometimes common with guacamole production.
Simply take two avocados (or more if you plan on making the dish for more than two people), cut the avocados in half, flick out the pit with a dull knife or a fork (be careful, those pits are slippery and might fly across your kitchen if you’re not careful), then take a spoon and scoop the flesh out of the fruit and into your mixer bowl.
Now, if you like onion, take a quarter to a half onion (depending on the spiciness of the onion) and chop it into fine bits.
Then take cilantro, a handful of leaves will suffice, finely chop the sprigs.
Mince a clove of garlic or two.
Toss the onion, the cilantro, and the garlic into the mixer.
Dash out a teaspoon of cumin and drop it in. A teaspoon of chili powder (more if you like spicy, goes in the mixer) And then salt to taste.
If you don’t have garlic, you can substitute with garlic salt to taste.
If you want some tang in your gauc, add a spritz of lime.
Lastly, turn on the mixer. We would recommend you use the wire whip or balloon whisk attachment.
Let the machine do its magic for a few minutes. Monitor closely. I’d recommend a half chunky consistency, but it’s entirely up to you.
If you notice any of the spices crusting at the edges of the bowl, stop the mixer and scrape inward.
- 2 avocados
- 1/4-1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- salt to taste
- spritz of lime
2. The Best Stand Mixer Recipes: Homemade Mashed Potatoes
What would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? And if you’ve ever made mashed potatoes, you’d know that absolute exhaustion that would come over a person when they get halfway through mashing down on boiled potatoes.
Your arm gets tired, your wrist gets sore, and soon you’re trying to pass off the chore on some other family member.
Again, why not let the robot do it for you? Sure, it’s not a thinking machine type robot, but your stand mixer almost has a personality and it saves you loads of work when it comes to whipping and mashing food.
Peel two pounds of russet potatoes. Cut them into slices, 1 1/2 inch thick. Drop the slices into a saucepan, cover them with water and bring them to a simmer.
Let simmer until the potatoes are soft enough you can effortlessly stab them with a fork.
Drain the potatoes and place them in your mixer.
Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan, just don’t burn it or boil it.
We recommend you use the paddle attachment for this one. Mix on low to medium speed until all lumps are gone. This should take about a minute.
Add in the butter and blend. Add the milk and blend.
Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Blend until creamy smooth.
- 2 pounds of potatoes
- 1 tablespoon of salt, or to taste (remember potatoes take in salt like a deer at the salt lick)
- 1 cup of milk
- 4 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
3. The Best Stand Mixer Recipes: Shredded Chicken
Are you tired of having chicken fibers under your nails? Did you break a nail last time you tried to make chicken salad? (I felt like I was going to break a nail, and I don’t even have long nails.)
Shredded chicken is so darn useful. You can make chicken salad, you can toss it in a stuffing, you can make mole or quesadillas. Chicken tacos are easy to make with shredded chicken. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
And why not make your mixer do the work?
Just bake up or boil up two chicken breasts. Separate the bones out if need be. Fit the paddle attachment onto your stand mixer. And set your mixer on medium. Let run until you have all the chicken shredded.
Boom! You now have shredded chicken!
Toss it in some tortellini soup and simmer for an hour and you have chicken tortellini soup!
- 2 chicken breasts
Conclusion: If you need to mix it
Now that you’ve realized its potential, your stand mixer won’t sit on the shelf and collect dust. If you need to mix it, mash it, or put it in a stew, your stand mixer will be your best friend.
Now get cooking and don’t forget to check out our many pages of advice and reviews.