We love to entertain family and friends over during the holidays, but let’s face it, often times money can be tight. It’s still important though, to serve your guests great food, make it easy on yourself, all while staying within your budget. Think it’s impossible…think again!

Thanks to the Holiday Recipes and groceries that ALDI offers, it’s easier than ever. We did a little shopping and came up with recipes and Holiday Entertaining ideas on a Budget that we think you will love. And the best part…you have little cooking involved!

Budget Friendly Holiday Menu

  • Ham and Brie Sandwiches with Cranberry-Honey Mustard {recipe below}
  • Cheese and Sausage Tray
  • Assorted Gourmet Crackers
  • Salami Roll-ups {recipe shared on Lifetime Moms}
  • Nut Tray with Honey Roasted, Toffee and Salted
  • Wine Selection
  • No Bake Holiday Desserts

The Summer Sausage, Red and White Wine Pepperoni and Havarti Cheese are as easy as slice and serve. And everyone loves sausage and cheese!

The Ham and Brie Sandwiches with Cranberry-Honey Mustard are not only a great way to use up any leftover ham {which saves on the grocery bill} but they are delicious! The combination of Garlic Beer Bread Mix, cranberries and orange flavor gives a classic a new twist.

When we are setting up for parties, we often times like to have different stations around the house, making it easier for guests to move around, mingle and visit. In the Living Room, we set the table with a selection of ALDI Wines and Cheese Sampler.

ALDI offers a variety of delicious wines at a very reasonable price, including these three that we chose…Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio, Walker Red Wine Napa Valley and Sunshine Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

And of course, no party would be complete without luscious dessert, head on over to Hoosier Homemade to grab the recipes that will amaze your guests!

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Ham and Brie Sandwiches with Cranberry-Honey Mustard

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A delicious sandwich that can be served as an appetizer or paired with a side dish for the main course. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com. Adapted from ALDI Test Kitchens

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sandwiches 1x



Garlic Beer Bread Biscuits

  • Carlini Cooking Spray
  • 1 box Baker’s Corner Garlic Beer Bread Mix
  • 11.2 oz. Holland Lager 1839
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries, rehydrated in warm water
  • 2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter, melted

Cranberry-Honey Mustard

  • 1/2 cup Sweet Harvest Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Berryhill Honey
  • 1/4 cup Burman’s Dijon Mustard
  • 8 oz. Specially Selected Brie Cheese Round
  • 3/4 lb. Appleton Farms Quarter Boneless Sliced Ham


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine bread mix, lager, rehydrated cranberries, zest and juice of orange. Do not over mix. Place 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin cup.
  3. Lightly brush melted butter onto each roll in the muffin pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.
  4. While rolls are baking, whisk together cranberry sauce, honey and mustard. Set aside.
  5. Cut off white rind of brie and slice into 1/4-inch slices.
  6. Cut ham into slices the size of the muffin cup.
  7. Slice rolls in half. On each bottom, place a slice of ham, and 1 teaspoon of cranberry-honey mustard. On each top, place a slice of brie. Place open-faced sandwiches on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 5 minutes.
  8. Place tops on sandwiches, serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

Disclosure: We were provided gift certificates to purchase groceries from ALDI. As always, the opinions and photography are our own.


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