My Kitchen-Aid is my favorite kitchen accessory. We have all kinds of gadgets and appliances we've never used and don't really need, but oh, I work that mixer hard. It's the first present Heather ever got for me, way back when we still lived in different states, and I've loved it from the first time I used it. I know they're expensive and not everyone can afford them, so let me just say that Heather got mine on eBay and if you join local sale and trade groups on Facebook, you can often find one for cheap. It's arguably worth the initial cost anyway because goodness me, Kitchen-Aid mixers are capable of so much culinary magic!
1. Amazing Meatballs
Easy, quick, delicious – meatballs make me so happy!
2. Fresh Pasta
We have the pasta making attachments, and they get used often and well. Seriously, fresh pasta is surprisingly easy to make and it's so delicious!
3. Pizza Dough
Homemade pizza is practically effortless with your Kitchen-Aid. Sometimes the right accessory makes all the difference.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Duh, I know, but when you don't have a hand-held mixer, this is a great solution.
4. Shredded Chicken
I need to try this. I hate manually shredding meat.
So much cheaper than buying it, to be honest. Heather makes some bomb guac in the Kitchen-Aid.
Mixing up cookies is also easy as can be, plus then you can plop out the dough onto some plastic wrap and freeze it for later.
One time I mixed cheesecake by hand. It was awful.
8. Almond Sponge Cake
Or any other cake, for that matter, but this cake is scrumptious.
9. Waffle Batter
Basically, you can mix things in your mixer.
The thing is, though, it gives you the right touch for a variety of batters, so you don't have to worry about over- or under-mixing. That's sometimes a problem with pastries like scones.
11. Blueberry Donuts
And it just sucks to make meringue by hand. Those peaks take forever.
Macarons require a delicate touch, too. The mix for the cookies, oh man, you don't want to over-mix it.
Bread's never been easier. Bless that bread hook.
Ditto with pie dough!