Fans of ALDI, it’s time to celebrate your love of the best-ever grocery store with a cookbook dedicated entirely to your favorite products.
Jeanette Hurt, author of The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook: Delicious Recipes Made with Fan Favorites from the Award-Winning Grocery Store has created a menu to wine and dine your loved one(s) and celebrate a special occasion.
With an easy one-stop-shopping trip to your local ALDI, you can grab a few ingredients to serve up a one-of-a-kind cheese plate and assorted tasty nibbles alongside bottles of wine from ALDI’s great international selections.
Hurt suggests ALDI’s truffle cheddar, chevre with lemon zest and black pepper over walnuts, 1000-day aged gouda, honey, and dried cherries, menage sheep, goat, and cow milk cheese, olives, marissa sheep’s milk cheese, raspberries, rhubarb, and gin Valentine’s Day cheese (center). Hurt also recommends ALDI’s cauliflower crackers, olive spread, and her own Cannoli Dip (a recipe featured in The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook), and heart-shaped truffles. To toast, she poured Prosecco and Cabernet Sauvignon, both available at ALDI.
ALDI’s History In New Jersey
ALDI started out as Albrecht’s grocery store in 1913 in Germany. Eventually, the Albrecht brothers took over from their mama, and they turned it into Albrecht Discount, or ALDI, for short. In 1976, ALDI opened its first store in the United States in Iowa. Today, the company’s on track to become the third-largest grocery chain in the United States, with more than two thousand stores open now.
In New Jersey, ALDI has over 50 locations. Although they’ve been in the state for 25 years, they expanded into more locations recently, opening 30 new ALDI stores since 2015 and opening locations in Ramsey, Morganville and Bergenfield in 2020.
Hurt’s Cannoli Dip Recipe
Yield: 3 cups or about 12 (¼-cup) servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 cup Special Emporium whole milk ricotta cheese or other ricotta cheese of your choice
1 (8-ounce) package Happy Farms cream cheese or other cream cheese of your choice
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (10-ounce) package chocolate mini-chips
graham crackers, cookies, or fresh fruit, to serve
- Place the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a food processor fitted with a standard blade. Blend on low for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
- Stir in the chocolate mini-chips. Serve with graham crackers, cookies, or fresh fruit.
- If you have some sweet brandy, chocolate liqueur, or Tuaca (a vanilla-and-spice-flavored sweet Italian brandy), add 1 tablespoon for extra flavor.
- If you’re looking to make a slightly healthier version, you can sub low-fat cottage cheese for the ricotta, and you can sub Neufchâtel cheese for the cream cheese. It’s still scrumptious!
- This also makes a toothsome filling for a layer cake.
Jeanette Hurt is an award-winning author of 15 books on food and drink, and she is a recipe developer for both publications and agencies. She regularly contributes to numerous magazines, including Forbes, Huffington Post, Eating Well, and Chicago Health. When she’s not writing or developing recipes, you can find her walking along the lakefront with her family and their dog in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Find her online at jeanettehurt.com, on Twitter, and Facebook.