Battle Aldi – Part 3 of 3 (WIN!)
Thank you to everyone who left comments on the previous Battle ALDI post. Our judges were pretty tough, and the results were surprising. For those of you just catching up, here are the first two posts in this series:
Battle Aldi: Part 1
Battle Aldi: Part 2
We had a good time creating our Battle ALDI meals and then having them judged by our harsh judge friends. In the end, I lost the overall challenge. I was not a sore loser, but honestly, who loses a cooking battle to someone who made honeyed apples as their dessert? Yuck! Like I said, er, I’m not a sore loser.
Here are the results -
Appetizer winner – Caprese Bites by cook Trig
The judges said that my appetizer was just too boring. It’s what killed me in the competition overall as well. I had forgotten that for my tricolore salad I was going to make a parmigiano frico (a parmesan crip) to place on top. I guess that’s what happens when you cook with two kids underfoot and don’t write everything down! I bet I would have won had I had the crisp, as our friends are serious cheese lovers it seems.
Entree winner – Homemade Gnocchi in a Pink Cream Sauce by cook Sabrina
I obviously won the entree division with my homemade gnocchi. If you’ve never made homemade gnocchi before, you should give it a shot. Everyone thinks it’s so hard to make, but it’s actually quite easy. I use my nonna’s tried and true recipe, which she shared via video 4 years ago. To make gnocchi you only need potatoes, flour, salt, olive oil, and an egg. It is inexpensive to make, looks gorgeous, and tastes fantastic.
I also can’t reiterate enough how tasty the Happy Harvest canned whole peeled tomatoes are. They made the most fantastic, velvety, sweet-but-not-too-sweet sauce.
The broccoli rabe and sausage pizza was very tasty, but Trig grilled the pizzas for a bit too long and the crust was a little too hard. I’m sure he would have had a better chance had he not burned the bottom. We’ve since used ALDI refrigerated pizza dough for another dinner and the pizza came out great, so this was definitely user error.
Dessert winner – Chocolate Mousse Cake by cook Sabrina
This was won by a landslide. I knew my audience would love something super chocolatey, and I was right. It was really easy to put together too. I used crushed ALDI sandwich cookies with the cream removed to make the crust, then made a simple classic chocolate mousse. Finally, I topped it with fresh whipped cream to which I added some pudding mix as a stabilizer.
Trig’s honeyed apples in vanilla ice cream was made with a variety of apples sold at ALDI. This tasted delicious for a healthy dessert, but we were all really in the mood for something decadent, which this was not. On any regular night though, I would gladly take a bowl of these apples with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Overall the challenge was really fun, and I enjoyed getting to test ALDI’s products out on this level. I highly recommend looking up your nearest location and giving it a shot!
4 RhodeyGirl Tests readers will each win a $25 gift certificate to ALDI USA. To enter, leave a comment sharing your favorite dish out of the winning dishes above! For a bonus entry, leave a second comment sharing what item you’re excited to try or love at ALDI. All comments must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Friday November 28, 2014. Best of luck!
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