When ALDI challenged me to host an early Christmas lunch for six friends for under $300, I couldn’t get my Christmas tree up fast enough. I  headed straight to my closest ALDI store, list in hand and trolley at the ready.

Bringing all things fancy, beautiful and, above all else, DELICIOUS, to your festive table, ALDI make it super easy to add a touch of luxury to your Christmas menu at a bargain price. And while the challenge was to feed six, I could easily have fed eight, or even more!

I was so impressed with the ALDI Christmas range and fresh produce, not to mention the reasonable prices and value for money, that I threw caution to the wind and decided to tackle a couple of new dishes. I mean, c’mon people, ALDI has lobster tails. Now that would impress Santa himself!

The ALDI Christmas Feast

Sit tight and be prepared to drool as I walk you through what I cooked in our decadent Christmas feast plus I’ll share my guests’ comments along the way.

Hint: Get your pen and paper ready to make your own ALDI Christmas shopping list!

ALDI Christmas feast

ENTREE

Entrée 1: Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter Glaze

Served with salad greens, fresh nectarine and cocktail sauce.

I can’t lie, I’ve never cooked lobster anything before so I proceeded with caution towards these delicious looking crustaceans. I needn’t have worried, thanks to ALDI’s idiot-proof cooking instructions on the Specially Selected Lobster Tails packaging. The garlic butter glaze is included in the pack, all you need to do is slice, cook and serve. Easy and so, so fancy. Fresh salad with a squeeze of lemon and ALDI’s Colway Seafood Sauce finished the dishes perfectly. For the record, ALDI Specially Selected Frozen Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter Glaze are $29.99 for a pack of two.

“Lobster tails are so sweet in flavour and full of meat, a new favourite ALDI item I’ll be adding to my Christmas menu this year!”

ALDI lobster tails in butter garlic sauce part of our ALDI Christmas feast
Simple cooking instructions on the Specially Selected Lobster Tails meant I just had to slice, cook and serve!

Entrée 2: Australian Tiger Prawns

Served with salad greens, fresh nectarine and cocktail sauce.

Every year I buy prawns at Christmas time and I’ll be the first to say I was mighty impressed by the Ocean Royale Extra Large Australian Tiger Prawns from ALDI. An excellent plump size of beautiful quality, and sweet tasting to boot, you absolutely can’t go wrong at 1.5kg for just $39.99.

ALDI Australian Tiger prawns part of our ALDI Christmas feast
The Ocean Royale Extra Large Australian Tiger Prawns were plump and sweet tasting. Only $39.99 for 1.5kg.

MAIN COURSE

Farmwood Whole Turkey Roast, Be

rg Half Leg of Ham on the Bone,

Side Dishes: Fresh Green Beans with Pistachio and Cranberry Butter, Maple Roasted Pumpkin with Feta, Roast Potatoes, Broccoli and Asparagus with Prosciutto, Cranberries and Pistachios.

ALDI Christmas feast
Following the simple cooking instructions on the packaging, 3 hours later I delivered a beautifully browned, succulent Farmwood Whole Turkey to the table.

The main event truly was a feast for all the senses, with an ALDI-laden table of dishes and my guests singing the praises of all things ALDI.

The cooking of the whole turkey (again something I hadn’t dared to do before) was pain-free. I followed the easy cooking instructions on the packaging and, 3 hours later, delivered a beautifully browned, succulent Farmwood Whole Turkey to the table. I was quite impressed by my own efforts. And this 3.8kg, $24.99 bird – it’s going to feed up to 15 guests. That’s EXTREME Christmas bang for your buck. If you like to start with a fresh rather than frozen turkey, ALDI has those too! (Willowton Free Range Whole Fresh Turkey available from 18/12/17)

“The turkey is packed with flavour and so, so tender.”

Of course, it’s not Christmas without ham. I LOVE that the ALDI Berg Hams are 100% Australian Pork, so our Aussie farmers are looked after. I made a glaze for the ham using ALDI apricot jam, mustard and ofrange juice and baked it and the results were of “going back in for seconds” excellence. There were many ooohhs and aaahs from the table. ALDI offers several ham choices, but this half leg cost only $36! ($6.49 per kilo)

“By far the sweetest and most succulent ham that’s ever hit my tastebuds.”

Berg Ham was incredible - part of our ALDI Christmas feast
ALDI Berg Hams are 100% Australian Pork. Oven baked in a glaze using ALDI apricot jam, mustard and orange juice.

Smallgoods at ALDI rocked my Christmas stockings as it became increasingly clear that price is no true indicator of quality. Wafer-thin sliced prosciutto looked superb for just $3.99 (CRAZY!) and the creamiest of feta cheese for just $3.99 also. SO DELICIOUS.

Broccoli and Asparagus with Prosciutto, Cranberries and Pistachios - part of our ALDI Christmas feast
Broccoli and Asparagus with Prosciutto, Cranberries and Pistachios – part of our ALDI Christmas feast

The quality of ALDI’s fresh produce rivals that of a small greengrocer, right down to the prices. From cheap as chips stone fruit to pre-packed salad mixes, they’re all farm fresh and there’s no faulting them. Not only beautiful to eat, they’re brilliant for my Christmas lunch budget.

ALDI Christmas dinner Fresh Green Beans with Pistachio and Cranberry Butter
ALDI Fresh Green Beans with Pistachio and Cranberry Butter

“I would have gone back for seconds and thirds of tasty greens , if I hadn’t already gone back for seconds and thirds of the ham.”

No roast lunch is complete without golden roasted potatoes. Simply delicious (and super crunchy!)
ALDI roast pumpkin with fetta Christmas lunch
The maple roasted pumpkin with feta cheese was a clear winner!

DESSERT

From ALDI’S Specially Selected range:

  • Salted Caramel Sponge Bombe

  • Luxury Mini Champagne Puddings

  • Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies

  • Luxury Black Forest Stollen with fresh berries, vanilla custard and cream

After all that, it was time to indulge our sweet teeth with ALDI’s Specially Selected range of Christmas desserts. And indulge we did, with my guests all vowing to race to ALDI to buy up these sweet treats for their own families to enjoy on Christmas Day.

A self-proclaimed connoisseur of fruit mince pies, the magnificent buttery pastry and generous and rich fruit mince filling of the Specially Selected Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies ($4.99 for six) saw me go back for a second. In the name of research and all that… it is Christmas after all.

ALDI shortcrust pastry mince pies
The magnificent buttery pastry and generous, rich fruit mince filling of the Specially Selected Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies saw me go back for seconds!

I find it difficult to choose favourites, but the Specially Selected Luxury Black Forest Stollen ($9.99) is definitely up there in my top choices for the day. Perfect for something a little different – it’s not quite cake, not quite bread and lip-smackingly delicious. I highly recommend it for your Christmas table!

“Stollen topped with custard reminds me of Grandma and her traditional recipes.”

ALDI Specially Selected Luxury Black Forest Stollen
Not quite cake, not quite bread but lip-smackingly delicious, the Specially Selected Luxury Black Forest Stollen was a winner!

Just like the ham, it’s not Christmas without Christmas pud – and boy, did the Specially Selected Mini Champagne Puddings impressed us all. Packed full of plump, moist fruit, almonds, pecans and topped with a delicate gold dust, they quickly won themselves five gold stars for quality and taste. Frankly, it’s hard to believe they are only an ultra-affordable $2.79 each.

“The mini Christmas puddings, if there’s a food heaven, I’m there!”

Specially Selected Mini Champagne Puddings ALDI
Packed full of plump, moist fruit, almonds, pecans and topped with a delicate gold dust, the Specially Selected Mini Champagne Puddings impressed us all.  Five stars!

A real show stopper, the Specially Selected Salted Caramel Sponge Bombe ($6.49) adds all the theatrics you need for a dessert table. A Belgian chocolate sponge pudding, covered in a luxury gold lustre and oozing salted caramel sauce – what more could you ask for?

“The perfect alternative to traditional fruit pudding, the kids (and bigger kids) will love it!”

The Specially Selected Salted Caramel Sponge Bombe adds all the theatrics you need for a dessert table.

Might I add, the puddings don’t need to steam for hours on end – a quick whizz around the microwave is all it takes and dessert is on the table in a matter of minutes. Kudos to ALDI, they tasted perfect with this super quick cooking method. Simply heat and eat.

WINE

  • Monsigny Premier Cru Champagne NV

  • Cuvee Deor The Gold Collection Prosecco

  • Tudor Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016

sparkling wine champagne ALDI
Be sure to pick up a bottle or two of Cuvee Deor The Gold Collection Prosecco next time you’re in store.

Both ALDI sparkling wines were delightfully pleasant to drink – there’s no tell-tale signs of being a supermarket wine. The bubbles danced on our tongues as we sipped on the Monsigny Premier Cru Champagne NV ($25) and we all agreed the Cuvee Deor The Gold Collection Prosecco  ($12.99packaging is fancy enough to be a gift. Be sure to pick up a bottle or two to present to your next Christmas get together host. The award-winning Tudor Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016 ($12.99) is a fantastic light red, perfect for pairing with the turkey and a heavier main meal. I’m not much of a red wine enthusiast, but this drop almost has me converted.

“Champagne is PERFECT. That such quality is so easily available from ALDI is AMAZING!”

Set the Scene with ALDI

Needless to say, ALDI isn’t just about the festive food. I even grabbed a few fantastic Special Buys for my Christmas table to set the scene. A string of geometric lights for the table top, charger plates , an elegant gravy boat with saucer and pretty dessert serving ware.  And the best thing is, you can use them year after year. Thanks ALDI!

ALDI Christmas lunch on a budget

A final word before collapsing in my delirious and smug food coma…

I’m someone who usually runs from supermarket to greengrocer and butcher and back again every year, hoping all the elements of my Christmas menu meet together in the middle. This year I won’t be fussing with such bother and I’ll definitely save money along the way. I’ll be heading straight to ALDI, list in hand (again) and buying all I need from start to finish.

But for now, excuse me while I put my feet up and raise my glass in a toast to ALDI. You guys certainly know how to turn on a value for money feast at Christmas! Skip on over to your nearest ALDI to plan your family’s luxe Christmas feast on a shoestring budget!

Author

South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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  1. I was lucky enough to be invited to this Aldi Christmas feast and, believe me it tasted as good as it looked, fantastic work Lexi & thankyou Aldi .

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