Thursday, December 5, 2013
I've written a couple posts on my recent experience with Aldi. I've continued shopping at Aldi the past couple of months and have totally incorporated it into my weekly routine. There is no doubt it saves money and I completely love their organic selection and organic prices.
Be sure to read to the bottom of this post because I am giving away a $50 Aldi gift certificate. And believe me, $50 goes a long way at Aldi.
I shopped at Aldi for the holiday appetizer party for my family and was pumped to see a ton of awesome holiday entertaining-style food options. And for really great prices.
I set up a pretty little table just for the occasion.
Aldi had cranberries for .99 cents a bag. I use cranberries for so many things over the holidays; decorating, drink embellishments and cooking. They are so versatile and with the right dish, taste awesome. Aldi has a great variety of cheese. I purchased a double creme brie ($2.99), havarti ($2.99) and an herb goat cheese ($1.69). I added crackers for just $1.49. A cheese platter is a great party appetizer because it's always a crowd favorite and requires minimal effort from the host/hostess.
My sister-in-law brought a cranberry cream cheese dip and it was the hit of the party. I had no idea how amazing cranberries taste paired with cilantro, jalapenos and cream cheese. It's the perfect combination of flavors from salty to sweet to tart plus a hint of spicy. I'm going to make this for my next gathering with friends. We gathered on a Sunday evening so we opted for sparkling juice ($2.49 per bottle). I made these green bean casserole quiche bites from this recipe on Aldi's site. These were very popular with my family and a nice departure from the traditional casserole. I'm not usually a big fan of cream of mushroom soups from the can but for the holidays I make an exception. This is an awesome holiday appetizer.
My sister Katie brought mashed potatoes in a huge crockpot. We had a mashed potato bar with all the fixings (cheese, sour cream, bacon). You can never go wrong with potatoes of any kind, in my opinion.
I made amazing turkey meatballs. They were seriously the best meatballs I've ever had. Instead of the Italian seasonings the recipe calls for, I substituted rosemary, thyme and sage (2 teaspoons of each). The meatballs tasted like little bites of Thanksgiving. I served these with a small roll and gravy so people could build turkey meatball sandwiches. My brother's fiance brought stuffed mushrooms. They were tasty and I was glad we had leftovers the next day.
I loved hosting this appetizer party and I think it may be a new tradition. When done potluck style it can be a stress-free party to host. And when getting the items from Aldi, it can be a very affordable party.
Do you want to check out Aldi or are you already a loyal shopper? Either way, be sure to enter to win a $50 Aldi gift certificate. The giveaway will be live for a week and I'll announce the winner on December 12th. Good luck!
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Disclosure - I am participating in a sponsored brand ambassadorship with ALDI. As always, all opinions are my own.