ALDI stores! To be honest, I’d never heard of them until Mom Central introduced them to me, and I was amazed to find this gem of a store not far from my home!
I was especially floored by the price of their wines. Many of their wines are award-winning and exclusive, but get this: Many are just $4.99 or less! I picked up a bottle of their Villa Malizia Pino Grigio wine from Italy, which I plan to serve with our Christmas dinner. And how about some cheese to serve with your wine? In addition to the variety of cheeses that ALDI carries throughout the year, they also have 15 additional specialty cheeses during the holiday season. Their edenVale Brie and Creamy Havarti are just $2.99, and the edenVale Honey Goat Cheese and Chive Goat Cheese are just $1.99 apiece! Here’s a delicious recipe for the holidays that you can make with ingredients from ALDI!
ALDI Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Chef Kates, ALDI Test Kitchen
1 wheel edenVale Brie Cheese
½ cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries
1 cup Burlwood Cellars Chardonnay
½ cup Berryhill Blackberry Fruit Spread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 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. 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. To serve, pour over warm brie. Can be eaten alone or spread on crackers.
That recipe would definitely impress your guests! And here are some wine pairing recommendations from ALDI for your holiday feast:
The Landshut Riesling ($4.99) is a light and fruity wine that would be a wonderful accompaniment to an Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Ham ($1.69/pound)!
The Gonfalone Chianti ($5.99) or the Toca Diamonte Malbec ($4.99) go great with a pasta dish like lasagna or meatballs.
The Chaza Moscato ($4.99) is sweet, thanks to its pear, apricot and sweet peach flavors, and goes well with desserts like the Belmont Premium Cheesecake Sampler ($9.99) or a Belmont Deep Dish Pie ($4.99).
The Landshut Sweet Red ($4.99) makes a fine match with Moser Roth Fine Truffles ($2.49). Put both of them in a gift bag for a hostess gift!
As you can see, ALDI has a fantastic selection of wine and foods for your holiday table at a price that won’t destroy your budget. Visit http://aldi.us/index_ENU_HTML.htm to learn more about ALDI’s special buys and locate a store near you. I was very impressed with the selection and savings at my ALDI store. Check them out for the holidays and all year!
DISCLOSURE: 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.