Make ALDI your one-stop-shop for all of your holiday dinner party shopping needs. You can find high-quality ingredients at affordable prices plus fun, festive holiday décor.
Disclosure: Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring this blog post and for making holiday shopping simple, delicious and affordable. All opinions are my own.
Holiday entertaining is fun and festive, but it can quickly add up in excess cost (and calories!). Thankfully, I am able to save on both with the better-for-you options I find at ALDI! That’s why I’m excited to share a delicious menu that I’ve curated for you to use at your holiday dinner party. It features fresh seafood, adorable appetizers, a shortcut dessert and award-winning wines.
ALDI Holiday Dinner Menu
Let me make holiday entertaining easy for you! Download my free Christmas Dinner Menu Planner and then plug these recipes right in.
Today, charcuterie boards are all the rage so I’ve had a little fun creating one to look just like a Christmas tree. Charcuterie boards are a great way to pack in tons of fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, meats, cheeses, and crackers. Best of all, the options can be endless!
If you’ve been in an ALDI store lately, you’ve probably noticed that the fresh food selection, including organic produce and ready-to-eat foods like sliced fruits, is larger than ever before. That’s because ALDI recently announced its largest product expansion ever, including a 40% increase in fresh foods. This part of the store is my first stop when I’m creating a charcuterie board. I like including fresh, bright and colorful produce and because the fruit and veggie prices at ALDI are so affordable (especially on organic options), I have a wide variety to help decorate my tray.
I also like to include a variety of nuts, crackers, meats and cheeses on my tray. That way, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In fact, ALDI has a line of gluten-free products called liveGfree which is a nice option to offer for people that follow a gluten-free lifestyle. This ALDI-exclusive line earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, which is considered the gold standard for guiding shoppers to high-quality food.It includes gluten-free pretzels, crackers, breads, pastas, and more!
In case you need a little help with specific ingredients for your charcuterie board, here are some of my favorites from ALDI:
- Specially Selected Aged Reserve White Cheddar
- Happy Farms Preferred Goat Cheese Logs (Plain, Garlic & Herb or Honey)
- Specially Selected Kalamata Olives
- Appleton Farms Italian Style Deli Meats (Jamon Serrano, Sopressata or Capocollo)
- Specially Selected Unsalted Deluxe Mixed Nuts
- Moser Roth Dark Sea Salt Chocolate Bar
- Appleton Farms Prosciutto
- Specially Selected Stuffed Queen Olives–Feta, Jalapeño Jack Cheese or White Cheddar
Tomato and Goat Cheese Santas
Another fun appetizer to serve at a holiday dinner party are these little Tomato and Goat Cheese Santas. They’re easy to assemble and look adorable for any type of Christmas gathering. Cherry tomatoes and a quick whipped goat cheese create this simple pickup appetizer.
This Maple Walnut Crusted Sockeye Salmon is sure to be the hit of your dinner party. Feel confident serving this delicious salmon purchased from ALDI that is fresh and never frozen. Sustainability is important to ALDI so they aim to buy all fish and shellfish products from responsibly managed fisheries and farms. They carry fresh salmon and fresh tilapia in the stores every day. You can also find wild caught seafood, like the Sea Queen Wild Caught Salmon.
Dress up your salmon by serving it over a bed of roasted vegetables or salad greens. You’ll find a large variety of options in the ready-to-eat foods section or try one of these sides to round out the meal: roasted broccoli, maple-glazed Brussels sprouts or rosemary beet fries.
For a sweet bite-sized dessert, try these little Mini Blueberry Chocolate Tarts. They use just four ingredients and are so tasty and clever! Pre-made pie crust, blueberries and chocolate bring this dessert together quickly. Seriously, they’re such a cinch and SO delicious. If you want to get a little fancy, try topping each one with my DIY Whipped Cream and a bit of shaved chocolate.
All of the wines I’ve selected below cost less than $10 and taste amazing. Plus, many are award- winning, making them an ideal choice for party guests. Here are some of my favorites to look for in your local store:
- Intermingle Red Blend
- Sunshine Bay Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
- La Rue Cotes de Provence Rosé
- Landshut Riesling
- Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco
- William Wright Reserve Pinot Noir
- William Wright Chardonnay
Are you planning on entertaining over the holidays? I hope you’ll give this fun menu a try and let ALDI be your one-stop shop for holiday festivities!