It’s that time of year when we swap 30-minute dinners for multi-course meals complete with hors d’oeuvres and after-dinner drinks. Planning menus full of festive dishes is an exciting adventure for some and an overwhelming hurdle for others. The most helpful advice I got before organizing my first vacation was to get help from the grocery store. It was the proof of permission I needed to pick up a side dish or dessert so I could focus on making family favorites from scratch.
This year I make Aldi my first stop for holiday shopping. This great-value grocer has everything I need, including frozen turkeys and heat-and-bake breads to soak up gravy. But if you only put one Aldi supermarket on your shopping list this season, make it the Emporium Selection Brie cheese round.
What’s so great about Emporium Selection Brie Cheese?
The best part of any holiday party is the food, and that starts with the apps. Aldi’s award-winning Brie is a must-have for a cheese board. It is mild and creamy with a soft, thumping crust. Round out the plate with Aldi’s other cheese selections and your appetizer spread has practically made itself!
What is the best way to use Emporium Selection Brie Cheese?
If you really want to impress your guests, start your holiday meal with baked Brie. Place the entire cheese wheel on a thawed store-bought square of puff pastry and top with cranberry sauce, fig jam or toasted nuts, and brown sugar. Wrap the ends of the dough over the cheese to form a dough bundle. Bake at 400°F until the dough is golden brown and puffed, then serve with sliced apples and an assortment of bread or crackers. The contrasting textures of the puff pastry, gooey cheese and crunchy dippers are irresistible.
If you’re looking for a smaller app, you can also use the Brie to make these adorable baked Brie snacks in a muffin tin.
Find it in stores: Emporium Selection Brie Cheese Round, $2.99 for 8 ounces
What’s your favorite item to buy at Aldi for the holidays? Share your choice in the comments below.