We Have a Winner for the New Nespresso Pixie Machine!

Enter now for a chance to win the latest espresso machine from Nespresso.

Congratulations to Amanda MacT for winning a brand new Nespresso Machine! While we appreciated the creativity of DrumKitten for the espresso-infused pasta, the result was a little too strong for us. If anyone else would like to attempt to make it, we suggest adding the reduced espresso-pasta water mixture to a hearty tomato and meat sauce and letting it cook together. Dorbella should also be commended for her innovative coffee vinaigrette recipe, but we felt that it was a little too much work and time for a dressing. 

Thank you all for participating and please check back for our future giveaways!

The Daily Meal and Williams-Sonoma have teamed up to give away the newly released Pixie Espresso Machine from Nespresso. Available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma, the Pixie comes in a variety of fun colors and is the smallest Nespresso machine available, meaning that it's perfect for tucking into kitchen or office corners. It also heats up in 25-30 seconds making it faster than most single-cup machines on the market. 

To win, all you have to do is enter a comment below with your best idea for cooking with coffee or for a coffee dish, and we'll send the most creative commenter a Pixie in any color the winner wants! (So easy, right?)

Enter below between March 24th and April 1st by noon, and we'll announce the winner right here later that afternoon. Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to hear the news. 

Let us know what you're fantasizing about or craving, and we might also try to make your wish come true! (This depends on how crazy and creative you get.)

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razzlebari's picture

How would I use a brand-spanking new Nespresso machine? Often. And with enthusiasm.

I've been getting a lot of use out of my Cuisinart ice cream maker since I received it as a gift for Christmas, and espresso ice cream would be my number one priority. A hefty scoop of that in a little espresso brownie bowl, and I'd be one happy girl!

Perhaps that isn't the craziest way to use espresso, but what if I said I'd get a little RISQUE and eat it right before bedtime? CAFFEINE BEFORE BED? What am I thinking?!

I must be nuts. ;)

hoop4sanity's picture

1 cup cool strong coffee
6 ounces molasses, by weight
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6 to 8-ounce) bone-in, 1-inch thick pork chops
Place all of the ingredients into a 1-gallon zip top bag, seal, and shake to combine. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Remove the pork chops from the marinade. Transfer the marinade to a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-high, and boil gently, stirring often, until reduced to about 1/2 cup liquid, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the thyme stems after the glaze has reduced. Meanwhile, grill pork chops 3 to 4 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Allow the pork chops to rest 4 to 5 minutes before serving with the glaze.

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How do you sign up for the drawing?

Amanda MacT's picture

Coffee Crusted Filet Mignon with a Jalapeno Coffee Reduction

8 Filet Mignon steaks, 8 oz. each

Dry rub
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/4 cup ground black pepper
2 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs kosher salt
1 Tbs brown sugar

1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup beef stock
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

To prepare the steaks: Combine the coffee, black pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Coat all sides of the steaks with the coffee mixture and let rest for 30 minutes.

To prepare the reduction: Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat and add 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil. Add the jalapeno and sauté for two minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until reduce to 1/4 of its original volume.

Prepare the grill for direct high heating. Grill the steaks to desired doneness. Remove the steaks from the grill and let rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. Plate with 1 Tbs of the reduction for each steak.


Nespresso Pasta

1 pound pasta
2 cups of reserved cooking water
2 cups of your favorite Nespresso coffee
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, optional
salt and pepper

Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil and cook pasta about 5 minutes (or half of the recommended cooking time), stirring occasionally.

Drain the pasta (reserving 2 cups of the cooking water) and set the undercooked pasta aside.

Bring Nespresso coffee, 1 cup of the reserved cooking water and sugar to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes.

Add pasta to the Nespresso coffee mixture and continue to boil over high heat, stirring gently, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 6 minutes; add up to one more cup of the reserved cooking water, as needed, to cook the pasta al dente. Transfer the pasta to a serving dish.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, and using the same pot, heat the olive oil and garlic, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add the cooked pasta back to the pot and toss lightly, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Return the seasoned pasta back to the serving dish. Top with freshly grated cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

This pasta would pair wonderfully with your favorite marinara or bolognese sauce.


rainbowbound's picture

I use coffee with my homemade orange marmalade to make a glaze for ham. So, so good!

lrpaul's picture

Just like the simple elegance of the Pixie - this is a bright, super quick, and delicious multi-purpose light sauce:
Mix 1 cup of raspberry Lambic (it's a beer you can get @ Trader Joe's) and 2 shots of espresso and you can drizzle this on anything:
-fruit (sliced pears, apples)
-ice cream
-fresh salad with currents, dried cherries, pine nuts, and a little mozzarella


A friend and I owned our own confectionary business. We made handmade truffles. One of our best sellers was a dark chocolate and dark coffee filling, in a milk chocolate shell, with a real coffee bean pressed into the top. To make a creamier filling that really brings out the richness of the coffee bean, we also made-to-order peanut butter/dark chocolate/coffee truffles, with a caramel coloured light chocolate drizzle added to a dark chocolate shell.

Dorbella's picture

Here's my "Dress to Impress" salad dressing recipe that I began using a couple years ago. It gives your palate a "wake up" !!


1/2 cup coffee beans, ground
1/2 cup champagne vinegar
1-1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 large egg
1 cup walnut oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

In small saucepan, bring coffee and vinegar to a simmer. Remove from heat and let stand for 2 hours at room temperature. Strain through coffee filter. Pour coffee-flavored vinegar into food processor and add mustard, garlic and egg. Process 3-4 minutes. Slowly pour oil into running food processor. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Leftover vinaigrette can be used as a delicious and different salad dressing.

You know you wanna try it now, don't ya ? You and your friends will get a "kick" out of it !


Vanilla, Caramel. Chocolate, Hazelnut Heaven.

I want to win, so here is my recipe
Get a nice size mug.
On the bottom place 1/4 cup of good brand of Vanilla ice cream
Add a home made caramel, chocolate covered thin pretzel,
Add 1/4 cup of Vanilla ice cream.
Top with double shot of 1/2 & 1/2 Hazelnut & regular
Expresso coffee
Top with steamed milk
Finish off with sprinkle of Cinnamon & a thin shaving of semi-sweet chocolate, Enjoy.

Submitted by Ree Leeds, reeleeds@gmail.com

AnnaLeaf's picture

I bake bosc pears & drizzle with a chocolate & coffee syrup, before serving. Awesome

BeeNatural's picture

Coffee rubbed steaks...yummy!


I've actually never made anything with coffee, but love drinking it, maybe I need to give it a try!!

Lyndit's picture

Coffee Connections:

Make 5 different coffee drinks, blended, hot, iced whatever makes sense for the weather.

Make 5 different kinds of coffee appetizers. Like: Salami smoked with coffee beans with Gouda cheese with a few fresh cranberries on a cracker.

Have a coffee themed main dish: Prime rib sliced then quickly fried on each side in a caramel salted coffee sauce. Serve with Brussels spouts and fresh sliced and grilled mangos.

Coffee themed dessert: Two shots espresso into 1 cup of coconut milk. Freeze then serve toped with silvered almonds and a champagne sauce.

nrb19's picture

I always use coffee and cocoa when I make chili. It gives a smooth richness that would otherwise be missing. Make the coffee quite strong (I drink mine like that anyway), and add equal amounts coffee and cocoa powder (not the instant hot chocolate). I use approximately 1/2 c. of each for a quart of chili. Try it, you'll like it!


I use when i cook brisket in the oven i pour a cup of freshly brewed coffee over it season the brisket and wrap it in foil then i slow cook it in the oven on 250 for four to five hours until it is tender.

weaklajj's picture

I was going to just post the name of a recipe, but I want everyone to know how to cook this and TRY IT! IT IS DELICIOUS!!!!!

Coffee Encrusted Beef Tenderloin with Truffle Risotto con Café
This is a great coffee rub beef recipe that is complex in taste and yet very simple to make. The spiciness of the chili pairs perfectly with the coffee that is used in this recipe wakes up the beef tenderloin and gives it a crunchy crust and is just the thing to impress your dinner guests.

1 2 pound beef tenderloin that has been trimmed of fat
1 Handful whole roasted coffee beans

For the coffee spice rub:
1/4 cup of finely ground coffee beans
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of chili powder or 1 med chipotle peppers
2 tablespoons of paprika
1 teaspoons of ground sage
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
1 Red onion, quartered
Be sure to remove the meat from the refrigerator at least one hour before cooking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fold over the thinnest end of the beef and tie with string. Mix together all the coffee rub ingredients in a bowl and rub generously over the meat. Allow to stand for 15 minutes and repeat. Wrap handful of whole beans in tinfoil, and poke holes in it. Place in bottom of roasting pan. Place roasting rack over the tinfoil. Place the meat onto roasting rack and surround it with the red onions. Do not cover. Place in the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes.
Truffle RISOTTO con CAFÉ
8-10 Thin Truffle Slices (white or black)
1 Tablespoon instant coffee powder
1/2 orange, shredded zest and juice
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 cups milk regular
2 drops vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup heavy cream or nonfat equivalent
3 Tablespoons Brinley Gold Coffee Rum (optional)
2 Tablespoons truffle Oil

Put the coffee and orange juice in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the rice and let soak for 5 minutes. Return the pan to heat and add the milk and vanilla extract. Cook over low heat until rice is tender, but still slightly firm to the bite. Remove from heat, add sugar, orange zest, butter, cream, sliced truffle and rum (if using); stir through gently and serve at once. Drizzle with truffle oil before serving.

When spicy meets coffee, as in the tenderloin, it’s beautiful to the palate. The coffee in the risotto is nicely cut by the zest of the orange, and welcomed by the truffle.

This meal is delicious…People will be stunned, no, FLABERGASTED when they see this for dinner.

I hope you try this!!! MMMMMMM SOOO GOOOD

arporter's picture

I use coffee in everything that I bake that uses chocolate. It really enhances the flavor of the chocolate! I am particularly found of the richness it adds to my chocolate bread pudding. It is also fantastic in rustic chili! I am fantasizing about having the Nespresso Pixie Machine in Electric Lime in my kitchen. I can only imagine the goodies I could concoct with this baby by my side:)

stevecarr99's picture

A espresso creme brulee tart in a toffee cookie based crust, coated with caramel to keep it from getting soggy.

weaklajj's picture

i would use this as the dessert to my post. sounds delicious.

ranger99's picture

Use hot coffe to reydrate ancho chiles before using the peppers and the broth for chili!


Baastied lamb with lots of garlic, strong coffee and slowly roasted on bbq with smoked wood chips. So good

mintbalm's picture

Coffee can be added into pretty much anything! There are many unique varieties of coffee, each with it's own distinctive and robust dimensions of smoky, sweet, and spicy.

For example dark-roasted and strongly brewed coffees compliments the rich flavor of beef and other red meats. Lighter roasts pairs well with poultry and seafood dishes.

The best thing to do is substitute coffee for water to make a delicious and complex chocolate cake. Espresso in chocolate chip cookies are also scrumptious.

Time to make coffee,

Lesley D.'s picture

I always add a shot or two of espresso to baked beans. Delicious! Exact quantities aren't too important here. You can start with plain ol' baked beans out of the can, add diced yellow and orange bell peppers (if you've sauteed them beforehand that's great, but not required), some chopped yellow onion, some Worcester sauce, a little ketchup, a bit of liquid smoke, and then toss in those espresso shots. Cook in down for a bit, then serve with a crusty loaf of bread, some red potatoes, and a few slices of watermelon.

hayes's picture

The best thing I've ever done with espresso is to marinate duck breast, then reduce the marinade with the rendered duck fat into a killer red eye gravy for the duck.


Nespresso braised pulled pork butt/shoulder w steamed bun... mmmMM! Served with some fresh roughly grated carrots, chopped coriander & parsley and a light honey & apple cider vinegarette, reminds me of Vietnam =]

Nespresso & Frangelico steeped swordfish steaks, then encrust one side with crushed hazelnuts & sourdough croutons. I can imagine that going well with a fresh watercress salad and a sherry vinegar dressing.


Coffee Fudge Swirl Ice Cream (no machine)

2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 tablespoons Hazelnut or French Vanilla ground coffee
1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Topping
1 bottle Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Flavor

Combine the cream and coffee in a medium, heavy saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat to dissolve the coffee. Remove from heat and strain the mixture into the bowl of your mixer. Cool in fridge. Meanwhile, whisk together sweetened condensed milk and chocolate ice cream topping in large bowl. Set aside.

When chilled, beat the cream to stiff peaks. Fold into sweetened condensed milk mixture.

Pour into a 2-quart container and cover. Store in freezer. After 1 hour, remove from freezer and swirl on the Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell. Stir gently once or twice. Return to freezer for another hour, then remove and gently stir, breaking up the fudge shell. Add more if desired, and repeat 2-3 times as desired.

KatjaLang's picture

My favorite slow cooker short ribs recipe... adapted from Paula Deen

Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, to taste. Warm the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the ribs and brown until golden, turning them once, about 8 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour the 1 cup dry white wine and 1 cup coffee into the skillet. Cook over high heat, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom, until the sauce is reduced by one forth, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Put the ribs, 1 chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoon chili powder and 1 teaspoon oregano in a slow cooker. Pour in the wine sauce and cook, covered, on high for 3 1/2 hours. Uncover and cook until the ribs are falling apart, about 45 minutes more.

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