Are you gearing up for another St. Patrick’s Day celebration? If so, you’re probably thinking about indulging in some mouthwatering corned beef. While the Irish might not be as enthusiastic about it, corned beef has become a popular dish among Americans during this festive period.
If you’re looking to save some money on your St. Patrick’s Day feast, you might be wondering if ALDI is a good option. We’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll show you how to create a delicious March 17th meal using ingredients exclusively from ALDI. Not only will it be budget-friendly, but it will also be a culinary sensation that will leave your taste buds begging for more.
💲 Corned Beef Prices
Let’s start with the star of the show – corned beef. We discovered some fabulous prices at an ALDI store in Covington, Louisiana in March 2023. The price tags indicated that the original price was $5.79. However, these prices were marked as an extraordinary ALDI Savers deal. It’s likely that when the corned beef first arrived, it was priced higher but was reduced the week before Thanksgiving, similar to the turkey and ham prices during those respective holiday seasons.
If you’re keen on saving even more, you could opt for the point cut, which is $1 a pound cheaper. Keep in mind that the point cut usually contains more fat and less useable meat. For a leaner option, we recommend choosing the flat cut.
🍲 Cooking Methods
When it comes to cooking corned beef, there are several methods to choose from. One method that we don’t recommend is simply boiling it. While some consider this the “traditional” way, it may not yield the best results. Boiling can cause the flavor to escape along with some of the excess salt from the pickling process unless you heavily season the water with spices.
Here are our two favorite methods:
Instant Pot: This method ensures that your corned beef comes out tender while still being sliceable. No need to worry about it falling apart like pulled pork.
24 Hour Sous Vide: For an extra touch of elegance, try cooking your corned beef using sous vide. This method guarantees a melt-in-your-mouth texture that will elevate your St. Patrick’s Day feast to new heights.
No corned beef meal is complete without delicious sides. Cabbage is a classic choice and is inexpensive. Just be careful not to overcook it; a couple of minutes in boiling water is all it needs. Alternatively, sautéing cabbage in some bacon fat adds an irresistible flavor.
Mashed potatoes are a must for our family. ALDI often has red potatoes on sale for St. Patrick’s Day. A 3-pound bag can cost just $2.99. And don’t forget the butter and milk to make them extra creamy. For a twist, you can follow the Irish tradition of mixing your cabbage into the mashed potatoes, creating a mouthwatering dish called Colcannon. Shredded Brussels sprouts or kale can also be used as alternatives.
Carrots are another excellent choice. Opt for whole carrots, as they offer more flavor than baby carrots. You can find a 2-pound bag for just $1.49. Cook them in plenty of butter for a truly indulgent side dish.
Enhance your St. Patrick’s Day feast by adding a cheese course. ALDI offers several types of Irish cheddar and other cheese varieties. Here are some options we found:
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ALDI stocks the last three cheddars year-round, while the others are special editions for St. Patrick’s Day. If you choose all the waxed cheese varieties, you’ll have all the colors of the Irish flag on your plate.
What’s a St. Patrick’s Day meal without some homemade soda bread? The best part is, it’s incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. Here are the ingredients you’ll need, all readily available at ALDI:
- 4 cups flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 ¾ cups buttermilk (you can use some in your mashed potatoes)
- 1 large egg
Unlike yeast bread, soda bread doesn’t require any rising time. Simply mix the ingredients, bake the dough, and enjoy the delightful aroma that fills your kitchen.
🧁 Desserts or Treats
To complete your St. Patrick’s Day feast, a delectable dessert is a must. Forget about tradition and embrace the flavors of mint or the enchantment of “magically delicious” treats.
Thinking of simplicity? Grab some Mint Oreos from ALDI. They’re even available in a gluten-free version. Another delightful option is chocolate and mint ice cream cones, a combination that never fails to impress.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, consider using Lucky Charms cereal to make a fun and simple version of Rice Krispies treats. Just pick up some mini marshmallows from a different part of the store, and you’re all set for a magically delightful dessert.
📋 Meal Plan and Cost
Let’s tally up the cost and create a budget for your St. Patrick’s Day feast. We’ve included everything you’ll need for the meal, even if you don’t already have certain items in your pantry. The total cost of your shopping bill, excluding salt, will be $48.19.
Keep in mind that unless you have a large or voracious family, you’ll likely have leftovers of corned beef, cheese, and the sides. You won’t need all the flour, sugar, baking soda, and eggs either. So, not only will you have a fabulous meal, but you’ll also have a few extra ingredients to use for future culinary adventures.
Don’t forget to grab your St. Patrick’s Day gnome before leaving ALDI. It’s the perfect finishing touch to your festive celebration.
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