Meal Ideas 26 January 2018

Game Plan for Game Day

(Family Features) Whether you want to step up your hosting game or just plan to contribute to the game day spread, it’s easy to create the perfect plan with an array of premium food, without the premium price tags.

Simplify party prep and cleanup: Paper towels, plastic cutlery and game day-themed plates and napkins can make post-party cleanup a breeze, not to mention festive. Save time on party prep by picking up everything you need at one location. You can find these paper goods and all the ingredients for a tasty spread, including fresh produce, meats, dips, chips and snacks, at a grocery store like ALDI. There are plenty of options to fit nearly every lifestyle and budget.

Make it buffet style: Let your guests serve themselves on game day. Buffets showcase a wide variety of dips, chips and snacks and are an affordable, fun option to please all your guests. This party trick also makes it easy to grab a quick bite between plays or during commercial breaks.

Go after unusual suspects: Elevate traditional dips, hummus, guacamole and salsa with different dipping options. Crostini, crispbread, gluten-free crackers and unexpected veggies like rainbow carrots, sugar snap peas and asparagus would add dimension to your menu and put a spin on your favorite game day snacks.

Get out of the kitchen: Just because you’re hosting should not mean you don’t get to enjoy yourself. Avoid spending hours in the kitchen with this crowd-pleasing Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. Mix the ingredients in a slow cooker, turn it on high and then you’re ready to kick off the party.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe courtesy of Chef Leigh An, ALDI Test Kitchen

  • 2          pounds Kirkwood Never Any! Chicken Breasts
  • 1          cup Burman's Hot Sauce 
  • 1/2       cup Tuscan Garden Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • 8          ounces Happy Farms Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1          teaspoon sea salt from Stonemill Sea Salt Grinder 
  • 2          teaspoons pepper from Stonemill Peppercorn Grinder 
  • 1          cup Happy Farms Colby Jack Shredded Cheese
  1. In slow cooker, combine chicken, hot sauce, ranch, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Turn slow cooker to high and cook 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  2. Shred chicken. Add cheese to slow cooker and stir. Turn slow cooker to warm and enjoy with tortilla chips, baguettes or crunchy veggies.

Tip: For easy shredding, place cooked chicken breasts in stand mixer with paddle attachment and turn on low until shredded.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Source: ALDI

Meal Ideas 31 May 2017

Big Flavor Recipes for Summer Get-Togethers

(Family Features) From patio potlucks to backyard barbecues, summer is the ultimate time to kick back and enjoy delicious food with your favorite people. If you’re looking to add big flavor to your warm-weather menu, get inspired by these recipes from celebrity chef Jose Garces.

For a taste of Southern cooking, pair Classic Cheddar Pierogies with a buttermilk ranch sauce in Garces’s Chicken-Fried Pierogies. Also enjoy a delicious twist on an Asian favorite by serving up Garces’s Szechuan-Style Pierogies featuring savory Garlic & Parmesan Pierogies, one of 16 different varieties from Mrs. T’s Pierogies, which are the perfect canvas for your favorite ingredients and spices.

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Chicken-Fried Pierogies

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jose Garces

Flour Dredge:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground white peppercorn
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground dried sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1 box (16 ounces) Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups flour dredge (recipe below)
  • canola oil
  • large kosher pickles, cut into round slices
  • ranch dressing
  1. To make flour dredge: In large mixing bowl, mix all flour dredge ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. To make pierogies: Bring large pot of water to boil. Place pierogies in boiling water until no longer frozen in center, about 2 minutes. Remove pierogies from water and cool in refrigerator 10 minutes.
  3. Place buttermilk, eggs and flour dredge in three separate bowls. One at a time, dip pierogies in buttermilk then in eggs and finally in flour dredge. Once all pierogies are dredged, fry in deep fryer at 350 F in canola oil, approximately 3 minutes until golden brown. Repeat flour dredge process with pickle slices and fry 3 minutes.
  4. To serve, place fried pierogies and pickles on serving plate. Serve with ranch.

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Szechuan-Style Pierogies

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jose Garces

  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 Arbol chilies
  • 1/4 cup Szechuan chili sauce
  • 4 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons, fresh minced ginger, divided
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon, garlic, minced (about 5 cloves), divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 cup black bean garlic sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion (white parts only)
  • 1 cup ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 box (16 ounces) Mrs. T’s Garlic & Parmesan Pierogies
  • 1 tablespoon peeled edamame
  • 2 tablespoons firm tofu, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
  1. Place 1/2 cup oil and chilies in saucepan. Cook over low heat 2 minutes, or until chilies turn brown. Remove chilies from oil and discard oil.
  2. Add Szechuan sauce to saucepan; cook 3 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons ginger, 2 tablespoons minced garlic and ground peppercorns; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add black bean sauce and cook another 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 20 minutes. Reserve.
  3. In saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add remaining ginger, remaining garlic and scallions; cook 1 minute. Add pork and cook 5 minutes, breaking up with wooden spoon. Add soy sauce and combine. Reserve.
  4. In saute pan, melt butter and remaining vegetable oil. Add pierogies and sear lightly, about 7 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Reserve.
  5. In large saute pan, combine Szechuan sauce, ground pork mixture, seared pierogies, edamame and tofu. Cook over medium-high heat until combined, about 2 minutes. Garnish with bean sprouts.

Source: Mrs. T's Pierogies

Grilling-Tailgating 17 May 2017

Upgrade Your Summer Grilling Game

(Family Features) The days are getting longer and hotter and you’re itching to head outside to kick off grilling season. After a few weeks of eating the same boring burgers and hot dogs, you’re looking for something a little more exciting (and so are your guests). These recipes can help take your grilling skills to the next level and make your next party something to brag about.

When people come over for Buffalo chicken, they expect authentic flavor, so give the people what they want by making Buffalo chicken sandwiches with Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce. Frank’s RedHot was the secret ingredient used in the original Buffalo wings recipe in 1964.

For maximum flavor, each Buffalo chicken sandwich gets a quarter of the bottle of sauce to bring in just the right blend of flavor and heat. Take it to the next level by marinating the chicken in the sauce for at least 30 minutes so it can absorb the unmistakable Buffalo flavor that will send any party into overdrive. Add the tangy blue cheese and cool, crisp lettuce and tomato and you’ve got the perfect bite for a hot summer day.

Now that you’ve proved your grilling chops to most of the party crew, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Every party’s got a few tough critics, so it’s key to make something impressive and delicious that appeals to a different palate. Enter: Sweet Chili Ribs.

Start with two full racks of pork spareribs then load them up with Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, garlic and ginger, making sure to spread that mixture all over the ribs. Grill them low and slow for 2 hours then pour another half-bottle of sauce over top for good measure and grill for another hour. After your guests have a chance to taste these sweet and tangy, fall-off-the-bone ribs, they’ll talk about them all summer long.

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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (if thick, cut horizontally into two even pieces)
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • 4 hard rolls, split
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • lettuce leaves (optional)
  • tomato slices (optional)
  • red onion rings (optional)
  1. Marinate chicken in 6 ounces Buffalo wings sauce for 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours.
  2. Mix remainder of Buffalo wings sauce and dressing together. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  3. Grill chicken 12 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink in center.
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of mixed sauce on each roll half. Place chicken on top of roll half and top with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles.
  5. Add lettuce, tomato and onion rings, if desired. Top with second roll half. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.

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Sweet Chili Ribs

  • 2 full racks pork spareribs, trimmed (about 6 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, divided
  1. Heat grill to 250° F and prepare for indirect cooking.
  2. Spread ribs with ginger and garlic. Place ribs on rib rack or in foil pan. Cook on covered grill 2 hours.
  3. Spread 6 ounces sweet chili sauce evenly over ribs then cook another hour, until tender.
  4. Baste ribs with remaining sweet chili sauce during last 15 minutes of cooking. If desired, at end of cooking time grill ribs over direct heat to char slightly.

Source: Frank's Red Hot

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