This is a sponsored post for Hamilton Beach. All opinions stated are my own.
A good food processor is one of the most important appliances in my kitchen, and it seems like I rely on mine even more during the holiday season. Especially for things like chopping nuts and cranberries–jobs that can be so time consuming when done by hand.
Which is why I love the Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor. It makes quick work of preparing dishes like this Cranberry Pecan Spread with Rosemary, and who doesn’t love a little extra help in the kitchen, especially during the holidays?
My favorite feature of the Stack and Snap Food Processor is that the blade locks in place so it stays put during pouring. With other food processors, I was always dumping the blade into my bowl of salsa or pot of hot soup and having to fish it out with my hands.
I also love that there’s no tricky twisting or turning required to lock the bowl in place when assembling the food processor. And the blades, bowl and lid are all dishwasher safe–a must in my opinion!
The food processor also comes with a reversible slicing/shredding disk–I use it all the time for grating cheese–and a wide mouth feeding tube, which means less chopping before adding your ingredients. The 10 cup capacity is also a big plus when feeding a family and making larger recipes for holiday entertaining.
This short video highlights all of the great features of the Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor.
The Stack and Snap Food Processor helped me whip up this delicious cranberry pecan spread in about 5 minutes. Just a few quick pulses were all it took to chop the nuts and cranberries. And with a hint of rosemary and honey, it’s the kind of holiday appetizer that’s easy to make, but sure to impress.
I like to keep the ingredients for this dip handy so I can mix it up at the last minute for unexpected guests.
The rosemary gives the dip a very earthy flavor, so use more or less to suit your tastes. I like a chunkier spread, so I chop my pecans and cranberries in the food processor then mix everything else together by hand, but if you prefer a smoother spread, you can do all your mixing with the food processor.
This spread is also delicious with walnuts or almonds, so use whichever you prefer, and be sure to have your favorite crackers handy for serving.
Cranberry Pecan Spread with Rosemary
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup pecan halves
- 1-2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Pinch of salt
- Add cranberries, pecans and rosemary to the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times until coarsely chopped.
- Add cream cheese, honey and salt to bowl and pulse until ingredients are well combined. (For a chunkier spread, stir chopped cranberry and nut mixture into the cream cheese by hand, then stir in honey and salt).
- Refrigerate until serving. Serve with crackers, pretzels or bagel chips.