Thursday, December 5, 2013

A holiday appetizer party

Holiday appetizer partyMy family gathered for a holiday appetizer party a couple weekends ago. Instead of sitting down to a full dinner, we mingled and ate apps the entire time. It was awesome. My family is big on appetizers and always tend to fill up and then get too full after the meal. An appetizer party is the perfect solution.

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.

Holiday appetizer partyAldi 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.  Holiday appetizer partyAldi 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.
Holiday appetizer partyMy 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.  Holiday appetizer partyWe gathered on a Sunday evening so we opted for sparkling juice ($2.49 per bottle).  Holiday appetizer party Holiday appetizer partyI 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.
Holiday appetizer partyI 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.

26 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday appetizer is cheese and crackers. It's easy and a must for any gathering. I will have to Aldi and check out their cheese selection!

    Katie M

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    1. I will have to go to Aldi I mean.

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  2. Wow! What a fabulous party. I really want to make those green bean appetizers and that cranberry dish looks delish! I can't wait to go shopping at Aldi!

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    1. I thought of you when I made the green bean casserole quiche bites :)

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  3. What a great idea! We have Aldi's here in Texas. I will have to try it. pa underscore north at hotmail dot com

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  4. Cranberry cream cheese dip. OMG.

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  5. YUM! I am going to make that dip for Ingrid's party! --Kristin

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  6. The cranberry cream cheese dip looks to good!

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  7. I don't really have a favorite appetizer but I love cheese and the fact that you got brie cheese, havarti and goat cheese each for under $3 is awesome...I usually pay between $3.50 and $3.99. The Aldi gift cert would be perfect to go buy these delicious cheese for a cheese platter for my family holiday gatherings.

    Libby

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  8. Mmmmm...anything on cream cheese is a winner in my book! Looks wonderful! - Eden

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  9. Gorgeous set up! I made a spicy cranberry sauce to put on goat cheese that was delightful even though I had to sacrifice my fingers to the peppers (gloves are must). A mashed potato bar at an appetizer party is a fantastic idea...must use the idea in the future!

    Colette

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  10. I try to make different appetizers for parties, but if I can't find something new and fun to try, I usually bring meatballs. I love these ideas and I will use them in the future! Also I will be picking up more cheese when I go to Aldi!

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  11. Beautiful table, Jenna! I may steal a few ideas for Christmas Eve this year! I've never shopped at Aldi but your posts are making me want to check it out! Favorite holiday app-- my dad's family does the same apps every year and they are so yummy-- crab dip, brie with lingonberries, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon on brown bread... A little different, but it's nice that it's not super heavy so it doesn't take away from the meal!

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  12. Favorite appetizer is baked Brie with cranberry chutney. Delish!

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  13. Love Aldi - they also have a very affordable Jarlsberg and spicy salami rounds.

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  14. I've never been to Aldi but I'm very intrigued after your good deals!

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  15. I'm so hungry now! I'm totally going to check out Aldi - you've done a great job educating me on what they're all about!

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  16. Appetizers are my favorite (besides brunch) and you can't beat yummy apps at an affordable price! I'm definitely going to check out Aldi sometime.

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  17. Wow my husband Joey would absolutely die for that cranberry dip. What a great modern twist on classic flavors. Amazing cheese prices at Aldi too!

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  18. Ooh. Green bean casserole is my favorite holiday dish - I actually make it year-round because I love it so much! I'm going to have to try those quiche bites!

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  19. I LOVE Aldi. My hubby and I discovered Aldi in our poor college days and I have been shopping there ever since. People don't believe me when I tell them how good the deals are and that the selection is good. It just keeps getting better and better.

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  20. Everything was absolutely perfect, Jenna! Definitely an excellent new tradition!!

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  21. I love Aldi's frozen berries - thank you,

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  22. I love the apple cider that Aldi's carries. Also, they have such good shrimp!

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  23. i love their happy farms cheese wedges

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