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 tool...one 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 salad...it 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.
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.