“This post is sponsored by ALDI all opinions are my own.”
I think spring is starting to arrive? This has been a crazy winter, or really lack thereof. We usually get lots of snowfall and its bitter cold for months. But that is not what happened this year. This year has been mild, and unseasonably warm. Honestly I am done with snow after Christmas, this year I got my wish. But we got spoiled, because in February we enjoyed 75-degree days, short sleeves, and jacket-less days. March hit and bam, it was like winter had returned. Enter sad face here and maybe an eye-roll as well. We are here at the beginning of April and I think finally also the end of the cold. The temperature seems to be on the uptick and that makes me a happy human!
Spring brings so much hope and expectation of new life with it. We see the brown grass come to life with green, and the trees begin to look like an impressionist painting with little green dots you can see everywhere. My tulips and daffodils are blooming and my seedlings are starting to grow. The newness of life is apparent, and that somehow gives us hope for the future in some way. Everything begins a new, I like that. Of course, I am an eternal optimist. The glass is always half-full and if the first way doesn’t work let’s try it again, in a different way. Spring also seems to bring people out of their winter slumbers and we desire to be together more.
Easter is often the holiday we associate with spring. Every family has their own Easter traditions, egg dyeing, egg hunts, Easter baskets, church service, and almost all traditions will include food. Easter dinner is almost a given when discussing Easter with someone. No matter your family traditions for the holiday, they will usually culminate with some type of Easter meal. It’s funny how we develop food traditions, they just seem to develop over the years out of everyone’s love of their favorite foods. Favorite foods tend to be indulgent foods that we don’t eat every day and we give ourselves a pass on special occasions to enjoy those foods. Well, you know I just couldn’t leave well enough alone so for this year’s Easter dinner I decided to turn some things on their heads.
Now y’all know that I get inspired in the store. I have been amazed at all the great products I have been finding at ALDI. ALDI is passionate about bringing good food to people at affordable prices. They have literally built this concept into how they run their business. You know when you shop at ALDI you must get your own cart and bring it back, (I have an ALDI quarter) bag your own groceries, and most of the products in their stores are ALDI brands. This is not by accident. ALDI is passionate about food and passing on the savings to you. Good food should not cost a fortune.
I was lucky enough to tour one of their newly remodeled stores, and they have completely opened up the front of the store so that you can go down each aisle. Also they have expanded their fresh produce sections, bread sections, and wine and beer selections (where available). There are plans to renovate most of their stores to add square footage to make these changes possible. The extra square footage allows them to make some of the ALDI Finds permanently available as well. This makes me very happy; can one of those items be the pot stickers? LOL. ALDI has streamlined their business to make it as efficient as possible and passes on those savings to you and me, that makes me want to give them my business.
So, let’s get back to my messing with tradition and changing Easter dinner just enough to mess with everyones’ minds. LOL. Shopping at my local ALDI I came across all these beautiful new Fusia Asian sauces. So the wheels began to turn, and I grabbed a few of the sauces, and picked up some soy sauce as well. Easter for us generally means ham. So I moseyed over to the meat to take a look at the ham. There were many different options available, such as the Specially Selected Spiral Cut Double Glazed Brown Sugar Ham, Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Half Ham, Appleton Farms Smoked Ham Shank Portion, and the Appleton Farms Smoked Ham Butt Portion. I ultimately settled on the smoked shank, mainly because it had a nice fat cap on the top and I knew that would help keep the ham moist during cooking. I am sure any of these would have made a great option.
Now that I have the main dish underway, I wanted to work on the appetizer. Is it just my family or does everyone starve themselves all day before the big meal? People tend to arrive very hangry and ravenous. Providing them with an appetizer lifts everyone’s mood and keeps the annoying question of “Is it done yet?” from being asked over and over. One of my sneaky little tricks is sneaking in veggies where you least expect them, and make them so delectable that you love your veggies.
If it’s a casserole or sauce you can bet there will be a myriad of veggies discreetly in there. I wanted something warm and toasty so I grabbed some Bake House Creations Crescent Rolls, Season’s Choice Steamable California Medley, and some Happy Farms Cream Cheese. I am going to make Vegetable Crescent Roll Pinwheels.
These will not last long!
I usually farm out the sides to the guests, so really there’s just one more item to cover, the dessert. I wanted to make the ultimate brownie. Dessert is the final memory of a meal and I like to go out with a bang. People love brownies and cookies, so how about chewy fudgy brownies with edible cookie dough topped with chocolate and walnuts. It’s the perfect indulgent, chocolate, crunchy bite. It hits all the high points of a dessert with cookie dough in the middle.
I love that ALDI has everything I need for a big family meal, and end with an incredible dessert. I always know that my ALDI products are going to be just as good and often times better than other national brands, the quality always shows through in the meals I make. Baker’s Corner is no exception to that. I have used many products including their flour, sugars, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and their brownie mix. These products mix together to make a fantastic ending to a great meal!
This Easter dinner was amazing, and it was all thanks to shopping at ALDI. I was able to get good food for my family, make an indulgent dessert, and still it didn’t break the bank. Left overs are the best part of these big meals, and this ham will make for delicious breakfasts, and ham sandwiches. There weren’t any crescent roll pinwheels left, and the brownies all but disappeared. Grab these ingredients today at ALDI and bump up the delish factor of your Easter dinner with these ingredients!
Crescent Roll Vegetable Pinwheels
1 can of Bake House Creations Crescent Rolls
1 bag of Season’s Choice Steamable California Medley
1 bag of Season’s Choice Broccoli Florets
1 package of Happy Farms Cream Cheese
1 packet of Stonemill Ranch seasoning
Steam veggies according to package directions. Preheat oven to 375. Open crescent roll can and roll out dough, do not separate. Pinch together any seams. Soften cream cheese in microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Stir in ranch packet to cream cheese. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough. Remove veggies from package and drain any excess water. Give the veggies a rough chop and then spread over the cheese mixture. Roll the dough up from end to end, pinching the final seam together. Slice into circles and place on parchment paper and cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Sweet and Spicy Asian Ham
1 Appleton Farm Smoked Ham Shank Portion
1 tsp of cloves
1/2 cup of Fusia Thai Chili sauce
1/4 cup of Fusia Oyster Sauce
1/4 cup of Fusia Hoisin Sauce
2 tbsp. of Fusia Soy Sauce
1 cup of Chef’s Cupboard chicken stock
Preheat oven to 325. Place ham cut side down into roasting pan. In a bowl mix all the sauces and cloves and whisk together. Pour sauces over ham. You can reserve some for dipping later, or simply make more. Put chicken stock into bottom of the pan. Cook for 15 min per pound.
Cookie Dough Brownies
1 box of Baker’s Corner Brownie Mix
1 cup of Baker’s Corner Flour
1 stick of Countryside Creamery Unsalted butter
1 package of Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1/2 cup of Baker’s Corner Dark Brown Sugar
10 oz of Choceur Dark Chocolate
10 oz of Choceur Milk Chocolate
1/4 cup of Friendly Farms milk
1 package of Southern Grove Shelled Walnuts
Make brownie mix according to package directions. While that is baking, in a mixing bowl add in room temperature butter, and sugar and cream together. Add in flour and milk, stirring to combine. Fold in chocolate chips. When brownies are done allow to completely cool. Press cookie onto top of brownies. Melt the chocolate in 30-second increments in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave, stirring between sessions. Pour melted chocolate on top of cookie dough and top with walnuts.
These dishes turned out amazing! They were a hit with my family and I know your family will love them!