|As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador, I have the exciting opportunity to test out a Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 10 Cup Food Processor in the Rural Mom kitchen! Though I’ve received this appliance at no charge, all thoughts, opinions and experiences are solely that of Rural Mom.|
Cranberry is one of my very favorite fall and holiday flavors. Whether paired with turkey, flavoring sweets or mixed into a holiday cocktail, it’s a treat!
The one place I generally found cranberries missing from though, is the appetizer table. This simply will not do, so I decided to whip up a Christmas Cranberry Fruit Salsa for our volunteer group holiday gathering and it was a sure-fire hit! Everyone was surprised by the bright red sweet-tart flavor and how well it paired with traditional tortilla chips. Traditional salsa contains hot peppers, but this tangy and sweet blend of flavors pairs so well, you’ll never miss the kick. It’s definitely a mix I’ll be keeping on my holiday party appetizer go-to list!
In addition to wanting to see more cranberries make it onto the appetizer table, I was inspired to use the new Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 10 Cup Food Processor that just arrived in our Rural Mom Kitchen.
The Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 10 Cup Food Processor is designed to help keep kitchen prep simple and stress-free (a big bonus during the crazy rush of the holidays!) The unit has a button system that visually displays the blades you need to perform the function you desire, so you can easily see what to do with simply a glance. Completely takes the guess-work out!
The unit also snaps right into place with no guess-work, allowing you to quickly get to chopping, slicing, shredding, mixing or pureeing all your produce with the powerful 450 Watt motor. There’s no need to flip through a manual to figure out if everything is secured correctly, it’s all designed to stack and snap into place with ease.
While testing, I found my favorite feature to be that the S-blade stays locked in the bowl when you lift the finished product out to pour. If you’ve ever used other food processors, this often not the case – you either have to hold the blade in place while pour or pick it out and contend with possible leaks. With the Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 10 Cup Food Processor, this simply isn’t the case. Everything stays together until you are ready to snap it apart.
Clean-up was also dreamy. All of the parts (with the exception of the base,) are dishwasher safe. My Christmas “salsa” was done lickety-split and the machine exceeded my expectations. If you’ve been looking for a great holiday gift for yourself or a loved one, this one will be well received!
Christmas Cranberry Fruit Salsa
Yields 4-5 Cups
1 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries
1 golden delicious apple, quartered and cored
1 pear, quartered and cored
2 tangerines, peeled and seeded
1/4 C sugar
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp dark spiced rum
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
Using a food processor, pulse cranberries on “chop” setting until all cranberries are chopped.
Add apples, pears, and tangerines. Pulse fruit mixture until all fruit is chopped into small pieces.
Puree fruit for 2 minutes or until fruit mixture is smooth and fully pureed.
Open food processor. Use a spatula to scrape down any loose chopped fruit pieces into the pureed mix.
Add sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and spiced rum. Secure lid to food processor. Puree mix for 2 minutes (or until mix is smooth and all ingredients are fully incorporated.)
Pour cranberry fruit salsa into a serving bowl. Serve with tortilla chips or whole grain crackers.