Holiday Entertaining on a Budget with ALDI

 

ALDI LogoShopping at ALDI is a given in our house.

(If you haven’t shopped at ALDI before make sure you bring a quarter for the shopping cart and your own bags for your purchases)

I make the shopping list. I visit ALDI to purchase the items on my list that are available there (you can’t beat their milk prices!) and then finish up the  shopping list with a mixture of items at the local produce stand, my garden and  my other go-to grocery store.

By shopping at ALDI first, I know that I’m getting the best price and good quality items….and THAT’S good for my bank account!

Our local ALDI is relatively new and about 2 miles from home.  I love it!  I was always jealous when my friend would tell me of all the yummy goodness she was buying when I couldn’t get it, too.

I do love ALDI for their low prices but I have to admit that I also love them simply because they stock “imported” items I remember from my childhood in Germany. Good stuff like Haribo Gummis, delicious chocolate and stollen. Yum!

My local ALDI store is always neat & tidy and hardly ever busy and since I already shop there, I was thrilled when Mom Central asked me if I would share my experience with you and I’m happy to do so.

ALDI is a great place to purchase good quality items at a low price and stretch that entertainment budget during the busy holiday season.

I was given a budget of $50 and the assignment to purchase items that showcase the versatility of the items available to throw a great party!

Here’s what I bought:

  1. Petite Cheese Cakes $5.99
  2. Cabbage $1.39
  3. Honey Goat Cheese Log $1.99
  4. Havarti Cheese $2.99
  5. Spekulatius (yummy cookies) $1.99
  6. Shortbread Cookies $4.99
  7. Six cracker assortment $2.49
  8. Blackberry Fruit Spread $1.49
  9. Brie Cheese Round $2.99
  10. Chaza Moscato Wine $4.99
  11. Landshut Riesling $4.99
  12. Pecan Pie $3.99
  13. Baklava $5.99
  14. 2% Milk (gallon) $2.99
  15. paper bag .06

Total of $50.02
I have purchased wine from ALDI before.  Their Winking Owl wine is tasty but I enjoy their wine selections because, once again, I’m getting good quality at a great value!
As you can see from the picture above, I was able to offer my guests some lovely treats and stay within my holiday entertaining grocery budget.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ALDI and received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.”

NOTE: When using an ALDI gift certificate you must purchase more than the face amount.

Here’s a delicious recipe for ALDI Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce, courtesy of Chef Kates, ALDI Test Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 wheel edenVale Brie Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup Burlwood Cellars Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup Berryhill Blackberry Fruit Spread

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place unwrapped brie on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Heat in oven 12-15 minutes or until brie is warmed through and soft to the touch.
  2. Meanwhile, bring dried cranberries and white wine to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add fruit spread, reduce heat to medium high and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring often.  Sauce is ready when liquid has thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  3. To serve, pour over warm brie. Can be eaten alone or spread on crackers.

 

 

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