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16 Things You Never Thought to Make with a KitchenAid

Move over, cookies and cakes. There are new KitchenAid mixer recipes in town. We'll show you how to make the most out of the oh-so-versatile stand mixer with just three basic attachments.

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Aid, indeed

Your KitchenAid is obviously a super helpful tool when recipes, often baking recipes, specifically call for beating or blending the ingredients. But you can use it for so much more than that! Whole recipes—like these—can be made with your KitchenAid. In the market for a new stand mixer? This is our favorite KitchenAid model. Plus, check out more kitchen gadgets you'll wish you always had.

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Meatballs

Making meatballs can be tough on your wrists—especially when whipping up a big batch. Save your energy by letting a stand mixer do some of the work. Simply toss the breadcrumbs, eggs, seasonings, and any other add-ins from your favorite recipe into the mixing bowl. Use the paddle attachment on a low speed to combine the ingredients. Then, add the meat until the mixture is lightly but thoroughly incorporated. Plus, did you know that Ikea just released its Swedish meatballs recipe?

Get our recipe for Great-Grandma's Italian Meatballs

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Shredded chicken

Whether you're shredding chicken for a crowd or a single sandwich, let your stand mixer do all of the work. No forks required. Simply toss cooked, boneless chicken into the mixing bowl, secure the paddle attachment and turn the mixer on a low speed. Voila! In just a few seconds you'll have effortless pulled chicken.

Get our recipe for Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits

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Guacamole

Guac lovers, listen up. The days of mixing your favorite chip dip by hand are over. Make guacamole in a stand mixer by placing halved avocados, lime juice, and your favorite seasonings in the mixing bowl. Use the paddle attachment on a medium speed to combine. Then, stir in diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and any other add-ins you'd like. Plus, check out more easy Mexican recipes and snacks anyone can make.

Get our recipe for Catherine's Guacamole

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Pizza dough

No bread machine? No problem. You can still make easy homemade doughs—no kneading required. Just attach a dough hook to your mixer and let it work its magic. Your dough is done when it's smooth and elastic.

Get our recipe for Perfect Pizza Crust

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Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a holiday favorite, but they can take a toll on your time (and energy!) when mashing by hand. Lighten up your workload by making oh-so-creamy potatoes in your stand mixer. The paddle attachment makes quick work of boiled potatoes, butter, milk, and any add-ins you desire. Just mix the spuds on low or medium speed until you reach the desired consistency. Cream cheese is just one of the many secret ingredients that can make your recipes better.

Get our recipe for Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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Stuffed shells filling

Stuffed shells are a comfort food classic, but they can be tedious to assemble. Make the task easier by preparing the filling in your stand mixer. Blend the cheese, seasonings, egg, and any other add-ins on medium speed with the paddle attachment. Once combined, scoop the mixture straight from the bowl into the cooked shells.

Get our recipe for Italian Stuffed Shells

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Dips

No appetizer spread is complete without a good dip, but it takes time to chop and combine all of those ingredients. Use your stand mixer to speed up the process. When making spinach and artichoke dip, for example, mix together the cream cheese, mozzarella, seasonings, and other base ingredients until smooth. Then, throw in the spinach, artichokes, and other veggies. In just minutes you've made a creamy-yet-chunky dip that's ready to pop in the oven.

Get our recipe for Five-Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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Macarons

Macarons don't have to be intimidating. The secret is to get your egg whites perfectly whipped—and a stand mixer can help you do just that. Let the egg whites reach room temperature, then beat with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form. Ever wonder the difference between macaroons and macarons? Here it is.

Get our recipe for Hazelnut Macarons

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Scrambled eggs

We know that scrambled eggs are super easy to make by hand. But when whipping up a big batch for company you'll appreciate your stand mixer's power. Simply crack the eggs into the mixing bowl, secure the whisk attachment, and add your desired amount of milk and seasonings. Blend for a minute or so until the eggs are fluffy and light. Find out the secret ingredient for extra-fluffy scrambled eggs.

Get our recipe for Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

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