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How to Slice, Dice and Chop Potatoes in a Food Processor

Potatoes are a nourishing addition to many delicious meals with recipes often calling for them to be sliced, diced or chopped. Using a food processor can help you streamline your potato-based recipes and allow you to experiment with a variety of cooking methods. Read more to learn how you can use a food processor to innovate your preparations of this hearty ingredient.

Using a food processor to cut potatoes

Food processors can help to quickly complete prep time in the kitchen. By utilizing a food processor, you will be able to create a wide variety of sliced potato recipes, like Homemade Garlic Parmesan Chips, Hasselback Potato Gratin or Rosemary Baked Potato Chips

 

Supplies
  • Potatoes

  • A vegetable peeler

  • A cutting board

  • Wastebin
Prep Time
  • 5 minutes
Tools
  • An s-blade
Total Time
  • 5 minutes
A food processor being set up

Step 1: Set up your food processor

To slice potatoes in a food processor (or dice or chop them) begin by assembling your device. Place the work bowl on the processor’s base. Some models require you to line up the bowl to the base and twist it on. Select KitchenAid® food processors feature a simple no-twist design for easy assembly. Finish by lowering the drive adapter onto the drive pin located inside the work bowl.

A top-view of the multipurpose s-blade

Step 2: Attach the blade

Attach your slicing disc or dicing kit to the top of the drive adapter. To chop potatoes, drop your multipurpose s-blade over the drive adaptor, turning until it falls into place at the bottom of the bowl. Securely attach your lid. If slicing or dicing, close the lid and remove the food pusher or any feed tube inserts to allow for the largest feed tube opening.

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Step 3: Wash potatoes

Rinse your potatoes under cool water, utilizing a vegetable brush if needed.

A bowl of skin-on potatoes

Step 4: Peel potatoes

If your recipe calls for skinless potatoes, begin to carefully peel them by hand. Instead of discarding the leftover skin in your wastebasket, try some inventive ways to cook sustainably: such as tossing the potato skin in oil and seasoning and roasting it in the oven for an easy, salty snack.

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Step 5: Prep potatoes for slicing

In order to properly slice your potatoes in a food processor, you must first take a sharp knife and cut your potato lengthwise into chunks. This may take several cuts, particularly if you are using large potatoes (when using a food processor that can process whole potatoes, like the KitchenAid® 13-cup food processor, you can skip this). Next, insert your potato chunks one by one into the feed tube.

If you are chopping your potatoes in a food processor, cut them into 1-2 inch chunks and add them directly to the work bowl.

A plate of french fries with aioli and ketchup

Step 6: Slicing, dicing and chopping potatoes

For slicing and dicing potatoes, set your processor to high and adjust the slicing thickness from thinner to thicker by moving the adjustment knob from left to right if available on your model. For chopping, press the pulse button for short bursts until your desired consistency and size is achieved.

Shop KitchenAid® Food Processors For Preparing Potatoes

Whether you need to chop, dice, slice or mince, KitchenAid brand has the right food processor to fit your needs. KitchenAid® food processors are easy to use, all the way from assembly and operation to cleaning, so you can spend more time creating new recipes.

Which food processor blades are best for slicing, dicing and chopping potatoes?

Because food processors can come with several types of blades to slice, dice and chop potatoes, a good rule of thumb is to let the blade name be your guide. Use a slicing disc to slice potatoes, a dicing kit for dicing and a multipurpose s-blade to chop. Keep in mind that not all food processors include each of these blades. When choosing a food processor, make sure to consider the kinds of recipes and quantities you like to make.

How thin should I slice potatoes?

How thin you decide to slice your potatoes will entirely depend on which recipe you are following and what food processor you are using. That’s because select food processors come with thick or medium slicing discs for versatility.

For recipes like gratin dauphinois, you will slice your potatoes to 1/8th of an inch. For other recipes, like those for French fries, you can keep them to 1/4 of an inch and possibly even thicker. The KitchenAid® 13-cup food processor with french fry disc and dicing kit allows you to cut thick slices of potato perfect for french fries.

Can I slice, chop or dice potatoes in advance before preparing a recipe?

It can be a good idea to prep your potatoes in advance to streamline your weekly cooking. Make sure that if you are slicing raw potatoes to store them in a bowl of cold water and refrigerate them for no more than 24 hours; if cooked, they will last three to four days in the fridge.

Can I use a blender to dice potatoes?

When dicing potatoes, you should avoid blenders as they do not provide the precision necessary for thin vegetable slicing. It is best to use a blender only when your final product is something you can drink, drizzle or dip. For non-pureed potato recipes, food processed potatoes are the right choice.

How can I prepare potatoes without a food processor?

You can use mandoline slicers, specialized potato slicers or slice potatoes by hand. Food processors are often the best choice, however, as they can slice and dice ingredients with precision and without too much manual effort.

How can I use sliced potatoes in recipes?

Sliced potatoes are often the backbone of the recipes that call for them. One scrumptious example is using sliced potatoes to make loaded potato slices. It is a perfect illustration of how sliced potatoes contribute to rich, flavorful recipes that will have you and your guests clamoring for more.

Explore KitchenAid® Food Processors and Choppers

When experimenting with new techniques and ingredients, flexibility is a key factor to getting the most out of your cooking. KitchenAid® food processors and choppers are designed to elevate your meals and increase your flexibility in the kitchen. By streamlining a variety of food prep tasks, food processors and choppers allow you to continue to push your boundaries of culinary expression.

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