Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with ALDI. All photos and opinions are my own.
It’s no secret I’m a fan of ALDI. After over a decade of shopping, I still shout my love from the rooftops. Being a thrifty person, you truly can’t beat the deals you’ll find at ALDI–plus the quality of the items are top notch.
During the holidays, ALDI is especially awesome because they’re really looking out for your pocketbook for entertaining. From gifts to wine, plus all sorts of special gourmet foodie items, be prepared to spend a few extra minutes browsing. Aside from in-store, the Make Holidays Happen site is phenomenal. I consider it my foodie advent calendar, with new recipes unlocking daily. Carla Hall has quite a few special recipes on there, too!
For the next three weeks, I’ll be cooking up delicious food on the Fox17 Morning Mix. Yesterday, I started with the sides. These aren’t your average holiday sides–they’ve taken the flavors up to the next level. That being said, all recipes are super easy to follow!
This is the Twice Baked Butternut Squash. Think of it as a new version of your Grandma’s Pecan Sweet Potatoes. Roasted butternut squash is stuffed with dried mixed berries, honey goat cheese and pecans. The smell of this cooking is enough to make you drool!
I believe brussels sprouts should be paired with bacon. It’s like peanut butter and jelly! The Beyond Compare Brussels Sprouts recipe is unlike nothing I’ve seen. It would be a perfect pairing for ham, roasts or even a baked chicken.
How beautiful is this Caramelized Onion Tart? This is what I made on Fox17 this week and it’s super simple, but has a beautiful finish. People were blown away by the flavor–the pie crust is super flaky and the sweet caramelized onions go perfectly with the salty bacon. DELISH!
Aside from delish food, ALDI has quite the selection of beer and wine. The Monterrey Light is just like Corona Light–but $3 cheaper! I haven’t tried a wine I dislike yet–feel free to branch out and try something new!
These reds are both under $10. For parties, I like to stick with a red blend to please everyone. Sometimes they’ll be called a “table red” too. They’re not too sweet or dry, and pair well with most foods. These reds would be great with any red sauces, beef, nuts or cheese–especially sharp varieties.
If you’re not familiar, Prosecco is like Champagne’s Italian cousin. You can make sparkling wine cocktails or just toast to the night with it. As always, keep white wine chilled before your party. Did you know an ice bucket filled with icy water can chill your wine in about 15 minutes? Perfect for in a pinch! Sauvignon Blanc is my white go-to for a party. I know many people like super sweet whites for summer, but I find this best for fall and winter. Serve whites with dessert, cheese, plus proteins such as pork, chicken or fish.
Do you have any holiday parties planned? Have you checked out the ALDI holiday site?