Monday, December 16, 2013

Pampered Chef GIVEAWAY & Cheeseburger Casserole

Hey Y'all!  I am excited about this post because I have a GIVEAWAY!!!

It's a first.  And I'm doing this just in time for Christmas...but this is one of those gifts that you'll want to keep for yourself.

Because we all know that everyone shops for themselves while they're supposed to be Christmas shopping for others.

So! I teamed up with Erin Helbig, my Pampered Chef consultant friend, and the prize is this:

Pampered Chef's Mix 'n Chop.

When Erin asked me what Pampered Chef item I'd like to give away, I did not hesitate.  The Mix 'n Chop is my absolute favorite Pampered Chef of my favorite tools in the whole kitchen, as a matter of fact.

It's awesome.  I mainly use it when browning ground beef or turkey sausage...because nothing gets those tiny crumbles like this tool.  (Because we all know that big chunks of ground beef are gross.  The finer the better, in my world.)  But I also use it for banana bread (it squishes the bananas perfectly).  It works like a chopper or a whisk.  Or a stirrer.  It's multi-purpose and everyone needs at least one.

I'll show you how I made this cheeseburger bake which, by the way, is delicious.  And it's fun to make!  And husbands and kids love it.

And I love using my Mix 'n Chop.  And so will you.  If you're the lucky winner.

Brown some beef with onions and then add the normal things you'd find in a cheeseburger!  Tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce...the usual.

Toss with pasta (it's a starch...sort of like the bread on a cheeseburger, I guess) and top with a mound of cheese.

I always serve this with green beans.  I don't know why.  I like the way they look together, I guess.

So here's how to enter: Leave a comment and tell me your favorite thing to eat in December.  It could be beef tenderloin, cookies, cranberry sauce, Snickers or Cheerios.  Or tomato soup.  Or smoked turkey.  Or mac 'n cheese.  I don't know what your favorite December food is, so that's up to you.

By the way, this Mix 'n Chop also makes great smashed potatoes, it chops cooked chicken perfectly for tacos or pasta pretty much chops anything you need to break up, crush or smash.

Winner will be chosen Thursday at noon.  Your very own Mix 'n Chop will be shipped on Thursday afternoon and (hopefully) will arrive by Christmas!  I'm only shipping to the lower 48, though (consider yourself warned).

Thanks a bunch, Erin, for the fabulous product to give away!  If you need Pampered Chef stuff, definitely contact Erin.  She's awesome.  She has a Facebook page, you can call her (859.537.8809) or email her at eeturtle06 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Pampered Chef sponsored this post but all opinions are mine.  Nothin' new there.

Cheeseburger Casserole
Adapted from Bakerette

1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 T ketchup
2 T Dijon mustard
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic powder
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
8 oz. (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked) rotini pasta, cooked in salted water and drained
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Brown the hamburger and onion in a large skillet, breaking up the meat with the Mix 'n Chop.  Drain any excess grease and return to the burner over medium heat.  Add the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, garlic powder and diced tomatoes (not drained).  Cook for a couple of minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the pasta.

Pour into a greased 7x11 baking dish (or a 2 1/2 quart baking dish) and top with cheese.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until cheese melts.


Victoria Walker said...

My favorite food to eat in December would be all the family favorite foods I make for our Christmas celebration (a bit heavy on the chocolate): peanut butter balls, mint cookies, oatmeal craisen cookies, fudge, puppy chow, caramel corn, toffee, cheesecake, black walnut cake, cut-out sugar cookies, monkey bread, sausage bake, fried bacon. It's a good thing Christmas only comes once a year! And by the way, I love your blog, Elizabeth! You are amazing!!!

DJ said...

my favorite December foods are the Oreo balls that I maks for various events. Everybody loves them !

AHN said...

This is so hard to narrow down! I think my favorite food that we always have in December are the Shakertown cheese wafers :)

jamison'smommy said...

My favorite food to eat in December is my mom's pumpkin pie.

hls1209 said...

My favorites would probably be sausage balls and the holiday baked goodies!

Pam R said...

My favorite food is our traditional lasagna dinner on Christmas Eve, mostly because it's been our family tradition for years and evokes lots of memories.

Brynn Wade said...

Hello Pithy,
COUNTRY HAM!!!! That would have to be hands down my favorite December food!!1 After years and years of baking delicious goodies for children and now grandchildren I would still have to choose country ham. This was my Dad's favorite food and I grew up loving it and always remembering him whenever I eat it!! Brings back special feelings of home and family and now my children and grandchildren love it too!!!! We always make a special trip to the butcher shop to pick it out every December!! Truly has been carried on through the generations!!! Thinly sliced eaten by itself or with eggs or as a sandwich or on beaten biscuits---sooooo good any way you eat it!!

cortney moguel said...

Prime rib.... its been a few years though!

Kelly said...


Michele said...

Pepperoni bread

Judy said...

Awesome contest. I loveeee my mix and chop too!
(not an entry)
PS I tried your broccoli casserole recipe and LOVED it.

Percolating Petals said...

My favorite December food is See's Candies. They are a taste of the West Coast! Thankfully, a See's kiosk comes to the mall every Christmas.

Elizabeth, your cookie recipes are awesome!

Sarah Gray said...

Oh my word, mine is my mom's to die for pecan pie!!! Topped with Blue Bell Vanilla! Mouth is currently watering...Your recipes rock! :)

betsyh2os said...

Hard to pick one! So I'll just say homemade treats! Whether they are mine or ones I receive.

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