This post is sponsored by ALDI all opinions are my own.
I love this time of year, usually its cold, brisk outside, perfect football weather. I have fond memories of playing football outside with my family growing up. I don’t know if we always played the game perfectly, and I am quite sure a few of us made up some of the rules but we enjoyed the game and each other. Nothing is better than a good ribbing at your brother or cousin because their favorite team lost. All of that family time, and good food culminates in the big game.
Big Game time in our house is a huge event. We all gather at one house and we are there pretty much from noon until the game is over. What that basically equates to, is a lot of football and a lot of food. There are about 20 of us so it’s loud and lots of food is demanded. I like to keep things delicious and simple but I also have to be mindful of the budget. Often times when you think about trimming the budget you think about buying less than stellar products. I am here to tell you that nothing ruins a good party gathering quicker than bad food, or subpar products.
It can be daunting trying to figure out food for 20 people and how to feed them all day. We do have people bring food as well usually each family brings something. I also want food that is easy to make, doesn’t require me to miss out on any of the festivities. So where do I go to get my ingredients to make Big Game Day Food? ALDI. I go to ALDI.
ALDI brand products and their commitment to keeping the costs low and passing on that savings to the customer continually impress me. I have been shopping at ALDI for a while now, and when you shop at ALDI you will notice they do not carry many of the national brands in their stores. But before you turn away let me tell you the quality of ALDI store brands holds their snuff up to those national brands. That is because ALDI rigorously test their brands against the national brands for taste and quality.
So what brands will you find at ALDI?
SimplyNature, which are simple foods, free of artificial color, flavors and unnecessary enhancers. There are a variety of SimplyNature products available, like pantry staples, salad mixes, milk and yogurt.
Fit & Active, this brand had become for us a household favorite. Fit & Active has a range of products that has less fat, calories, and sodium and still maintains everyday low prices. There is a wide selection of whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and wholesome snacks.
Specially Selected brand is gourmet specialty products that include German coffees, gourmet pastas, meat and cheeses.
Never Any! This a fresh meat brand that never contains antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products.
liveGfree is a line of gluten-free products for those who are living gluten-free.
Little Journey features award-winning baby products that are affordable. You will find diapers, training pants, wipes, baby wash, formula and snacks.
I have continually been impressed with the quality of the ALDI brand products.
I knew that my big game day shopping was going to be done at ALDI. I know the quality of the products is something that I can count on. I also know that I am not sacrificing on quality for price. ALDI really believes that affordable food is a right not a privilege. I love when I walk into the ALDI store that it’s not a massive expanse that is going to take me an hour just to walk through. I can see all the products clearly as I walk down the aisle and I am can get in and out of there as quick as I need to.
We love sausages in our family. Really, game day food lends itself to hotdogs, brats, and sausages. I wanted to play off of that love and decided on Homemade Beer Cheese with Corndog Brats. This is super simple and easy recipe that is going to impress. One of things we really enjoy when we go out is that awesome beer cheese dipping sauce. I wanted to recreate that sauce at home. What is about something fried dipped into something cheesy that makes life so much better? LOL.
Here is my ALDI shopping list:
Parkview Select Cuts Beef and Blue Cheese Uncured Smoked Sausage
Happy Farms Cheddar block
Happy Farms Gouda
Happy Farms Cream Cheese
Baker’s Corner Corn Starch
Baker’s Corner Evaporated Milk
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Fusia Sriracha Sauce
Burman’s Spicy Brown Mustard
Big Brother Hard Root Beer (Availability and Price may vary)
My total for game day:
I grabbed some milk, eggs and other things I needed and checked out. I love that I can go to ALDI, get what I need and come out of there with it hurting my wallet a little less.
Let me tell you how I made these nuggets of deliciousness:
2 packages Parkview Select Cuts Beef and Blue Cheese Uncured Smoked Sausage
1 block Happy Farms Cheddar shredded or cubed
1 block Happy Farms Gouda shredded or cubed
1 package Happy Farms Cream Cheese softened
2 tsp. Baker’s Corner Corn Starch (if needed for thickening)
1/2 can Baker’s Corner Evaporated Milk
1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 tsp Fusia Sriracha Sauce
1 tsp Burman’s Spicy Brown Mustard
1/2 bottle of Big Brother Hard Root Beer
Oil for frying
sticks for skewering
In a saucepan or deep fryer, using canola or vegetable oil, heat 5-6 inches of oil. You should be able fully submerge the battered Brats. Heat the oil until about 350 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer then use a wooden spoon, dip it into the oil and if the bubbles form rapidly around it, the oil is ready.
This recipe is super simple. I made the Jiffy Corn Muffin Mixture according to package directions, one egg and some milk. I added in some sriracha to play off the sweetness of the batter. I set that aside. I took the brats and cut each one in half. I battered the brats one at a time as I put them in. So skewer each brat, holding the skewer, batter each brat. Using the skewers place the brat into the oil. I did this one at a time. Fry until golden brown. Do this ahead of time and keep in a 300 degree oven so that they stay warm.
In a saucepan put evaporated milk, cream cheese, cheddar, and gouda and allow to melt. Stir constantly. Add in mustard and beer. Allow to come to a boil and reduce. If needed, using 2 tsp of cornstarch and equal amount of water, stir cornstarch, and water together and make a slurry. While stirring, add in the slurry. This will help thicken the cheese. Strain out any remaining lumps using a mesh strainer.
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