I’ve been going to ALDI’s since I was a little girl. I can remember stacking family groceries in boxes before I was even a teenager and one of my very first jobs was actually packing the ALDI brand potato chips! Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the store. It carries special memories for me, those long aisles with rows of boxed goods. I remember shopping trips giggling with my sister at how much we could get with our $5 allowances because the prices were always so inexpensive and to this very day that still rings true; I just get to buy groceries instead of junk food.
During the past few holidays ALDI’s has been a very big help. I got to host my Mom for Thanksgiving Dinner for the very first time in my life and even though I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving for many, many, years now I was a little nervous. I do certain small things by hand that most people think is easier through a can, like sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. I was delighted to see that my parents really enjoyed them as well as everyone else! I promised I would share my recipe for Cranberry Sauce and Sweet Potatoes – which were generously provided by ALDI’s Fresh Produce!
|4 Lg Sweet Potatoes!|
Sweet Potatoes are actually a lot cheaper to make by hand than out of a can. For the same price as two cans of yams, you can get twice as much. One can generally feeds maybe 2 people, for the same price I can get 4 large sweet potatoes and that would feed up to 6 people. It also tastes better, you can make them healthier (with less sugar/butter) than you would out of a can. Sweet Potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A & Vitamin C as well, which ALDI’s is more than happy to showcase on their Fresh Produce page!
- 4lg Sweet Potatoes
- 3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
- 3 tbsp of Butter
How to Make Them:
- Peel and slice the potatoes into large cubes and place in a pot of water to boil.
- When the potatoes are soft enough for a fork to go through, drain all the water and then put them into a skillet.
- Add the butter and sugar to the potatoes on the skillet and cook on Med. If the butter/sugar mixture starts to bubble, turn it onto low.
- The potatoes are done when you have a good thick syrup and the potatoes are generously coated.
- Viola! Add to a bowl and top with marshmallows if desired.
Cranberry Sauce is a specialty of mine. I got these Cranberries that I believe was a seasonable thing at my location, so if you cannot find fresh cranberries then there is a really great recipe on the ALDI’s Recipe Page for Cranberry Apricot Chutney. I’ve done a similar recipe before and it turned out really great!
- Bag of Cranberries (If frozen, let them thaw out first.)
- 1 1/2 cups White Sugar
- 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1tsp of Vanilla
- 2tsp of Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of Nutmeg
- Pinch of Cloves
How to Make It:
- Boil the Cranberries in a pot of water until the Cranberries start to split.
- Strain all the water out except for 1tbsp.
- Mash the Cranberries to a pulp.
- Pour in the sugars 1/2 cups at a time until desired sweetness is reached.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour into a bowl and wrap with saran wrap. Place in fridge for up to 2 hours.
- Cranberry Sauce should be thickened to a jelly form.
- To add decoration, place two springs of mint and/or crossing cinnamon sticks.
- Viña Decana Tempranillo (Spain)
- Sunshine Bay Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
- Toca Diamonte Malbec (Argentina)
- Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio (Italy)
- Landshut Riesling (Germany)
And for those of you that don’t drink alcohol, or for kids! I love giving my kids little glasses with sparkling grape juice!
- Nature’s Nectar Sparkling Apple Cider
- Nature’s Nectar Sparkling Red Grape Juice Cocktail
- Friendly Farms Egg Nog
Keep it Simple. When planning your holiday party or family dinner, don’t over think it. Remember, “Less is More” when designing your menu and décor. If you try to do too much, you’ll end up unable to enjoy the event you’ve worked so hard to put together. Keep your shopping experience simple and stress free by shopping at ALDI. From award-winning wines and holiday baking essentials to gifts and all the trimmings for your holiday dinner, ALDI has everything you need at prices up to 50 percent* less than traditional grocers.
Somewhat Homemade. Combine traditional homemade recipes with pre-made items for a holiday spread that is sure to please. Dress up your Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced ½ Ham from ALDI with an apple cider and balsamic glaze. Or, place bite size portions of L’oven Fresh Dutch Apple and Pecan Pies and Belmont Cheesecake Samplers into mini martini glasses for a chic dessert table display.
I hope you have a great New Years!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ALDI. I received a gift certificate to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.