Category Archives: Side Dishes

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes

As I was going through my review copy of the new Unofficial ALDI Cookbook, I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to make these Easy Au Gratin Potatoes. I’ve never made au gratin potatoes before—it always sounded like a lot of work…peeling the potatoes, boiling them, and then slicing them. Well, as this cookbook says, “This recipe bypasses the peeling and the boiling by using ALDI’s canned potatoes, and your family and your guests will be none the wiser.” That sounded good to me! 🙂

So I’m sharing the recipe with you in this post, but first I’ll tell you a little more about the book! The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook (softcover, Ulysses Press) has 75 recipes you can make with budget-friendly ALDI products. Not an ALDI shopper? No problem—you can substitute products from your favorite grocery store. There are full-color photos of the recipes too and they all look delicious! The five chapters include recipes for Beverages; Sides, Appetizers, and Soups; Breakfasts; Entrees; and Desserts. Some that I’d like to try in the future include:

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Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

If you are a fan of mashed potatoes, these may be the creamiest mashed potatoes you’ll ever make! Sour cream and cream cheese make these Creamy Cheesy Potatoes very creamy indeed! They’re cheesy, too, with some Cheddar cheese mixed into the potatoes after mashing and then more cheese sprinkled on top. Oh, and the buttery, crumbly cracker topping is pretty good too!

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Roasted Roma Tomatoes

If you’ve never made roasted tomatoes, you’re missing out—especially if you love tomatoes! While I like eating them fresh from the garden, roasting them gives the tomatoes such a rich flavor. They’re so easy to make, too!

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Roasted Carrots, Beets, and Onions

I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of certain raw veggies. Sugar snap peas are my favorite veggies to eat raw, but there’s one way I love to eat all veggies, and that is when they are roasted! There’s something about the taste of roasted veggies that I never get tired of!

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Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

If you’re in need of another side dish for your menu, these colorful Cranberry Sweet Potatoes would look great on your holiday table—and they taste great, too! They’re sweetened with a little maple syrup and brown sugar, and have a touch of tartness from the fresh cranberries. It’s a great combination of flavors!

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