August 20th, 2013

And We Have a Winner…

…for the Old Neighborhood Foods Shaved Meat Recipe Contest!

As many of you may know, our recipe contest ended August 2, 2013. Judging ended just yesterday, and so it is now safe to say that the judges have made their decision. According to the rules, the judging was based on (1) creativity, (2) how well Old Neighborhood Shaved Meat was incorporated, and (3) the presentation/submission of the dish photo.

With that said, the winner of the Old Neighborhood Foods Shaved Meat Recipe Contest is Crystal M. from New Jersey with her Shaved Steak Enchilada Pasta Bake!  Congratulations on being the winner and on your $100 Gift Card!

Her recipe can be seen below, or on her own recipe page here.


Shaved Meat Recipe Contest  Winner

Recipe: Shaved Steak Enchilada Pasta Bake

Brief Description: Pretty easy recipe with a handful of ingredients for a Mexican-inspired meal. Great for the family!

1 package of Old Neighborhood Shaved Steak (1 lb.)
1 package of pasta shells
1 package of taco seasoning
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/3 red pepper, chopped
1/3 yellow pepper, chopped
1/3 orange pepper, chopped (If not 1/3 of each color, then 1 pepper of any color is fine too)
1 can diced tomatoes (optional; I didn’t have any in the house at the time!)
1 can black beans (also optional)
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 cup panko/breadcrumbs
Sour cream (optional)
Salsa (optional)
Hot Sauce (optional)



1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. When cooked, drain the pasta and set aside.
3. As the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over the stove.
4. Add the chopped onions and peppers and cook for about 4 minutes.
5. Add the Old Neighborhood Shaved Steak and the taco seasoning, cooking and stirring for another 4 minutes.
6. If you wanted the tomatoes and beans, add them and cook for 3 minutes. Otherwise, keep cooking/stirring for 3 minutes.
7. Add the drained pasta, half the amount of the green onions and cilantro to the skillet and mix well.
8. Pour the skillet contents into a baking dish (preferably a large one like a 13” x 9” one).
9. Top with the Mexican blend cheese and the panko/breadcrumbs
10. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the pasta is cooked through and cheese is melted.
11. Remove the baking dish from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining green onions and cilantro.
12. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and/or hot sauce! (All optional)



And from Old Neighborhood Foods, we’d like to say thank you to everyone that participated, as well as anyone who helped spread the word! This was our first recipe contest, so we’ll try to make the next one more exciting!

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