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Autumnal Tapas With Aldi

Autumnal Tapas

Autumn is without a doubt my absolute favourite time of year; the leaves, the colour, the weather, the cosy nights in, I could go on for over a thousand words about why I love autumn so much.

However, one of my very favourite things about the autumnal months is the food. Getting home from work and changing into some comfy clothes, lighting some delicious smelling autumnal candles and then cooking up an absolute storm in the kitchen, before settling down and watching something cosy while tucking into a heavenly meal.

Since we moved into our own studio apartment, we’ve become quite capable of cooking some pretty incredible meals which is a skill that I’m so glad I’ve learned. However, we are pretty short on space, especially in the kitchen so it can often be a little tricky to prepare lots of different dishes.

When Aldi challenged me to create some yummy autumnal recipes however, I knew that I was more than up for it. Here’s my take on autumnal tapas with Aldi!

Autumnal Tapas

As soon as I received the challenge from Aldi, I knew that I wanted to create an autumnal tapas menu. Tapas food is probably my very favourite thing at the moment; getting a wide variety of different dishes and combining them together to make an incredibly decadent feast is just the very best.

A couple of weeks ago, when Matt and I both had the evening off, we headed to Aldi, equipped with a list of ideas for what we wanted to make. I’ve never really shopped at Aldi before but I was absolutely blown away by the vast selection of food, drink, toys and homeware they have; not to mention how unbelievably affordable everything was!

There were so many things we wanted to make, and with the incredible offerings at Aldi, it was really hard to narrow it down to just a few dishes. Below you can find a list of everything we bought, as well as the recipes we made up ourselves to create the most delicious autumnal tapas menu with Aldi!

Autumnal Tapas

What we chose for our autumnal tapas

  • Chorizo slices – £0.89
  • Haddock fillets – £1.79
  • Beef meatballs – £1.89
  • Salsa – £0.69
  • Naan bread – £0.46
  • Sweet potato fries – £1.49
  • Pasta sauce – £0.39
  • Spicy mini jacket potatoes – £0.99
  • Pigs in blankets – £1.99
  • Chicken breast fillets – £1.55
  • Vegetable spring rolls – £0.99
  • Wagyu beef jerky – £1.49
  • Flatbread thin bites – £0.59
  • Garlic mayo – £0.69
  • Salt – £0.89
  • Pepper – £0.89
  • BBQ sauce – £0.79
  • Carrots – £0.33
  • And some Haribo Tangfastics for an after-dinner treat 😉 – £0.85

All of this came to a grand total of £19.64 which is bloody incredible when we bought a number of condiments such as BBQ sauce, garlic mayo and salt and pepper as well as enough food to last us for two nights worth of autumnal tapas! I couldn’t have been more impressed with everything we picked up from Aldi for our tapas night; here are some of the dishes we created with the ingredients we bought!

There were some dishes that we didn’t really need to put together a recipe for; such as the pigs in blankets, sweet potato fries and the haddock fillets.

We simply dusted some salt and pepper over these, a touch of oil and then whacked them in the oven.

One traditional tapas dish that we did recreate however was patatas bravas, which is probably one of my all time favourite tapas dishes ever. 

Patatas bravas

Autumnal Tapas

For this dish, we used the spicy mini jacket potatoes which already had a light dusting of paprika on them.

These were incredibly easy to make; we simply added a touch of salt and pepper to the potatoes in a bowl, added six slices of circular chorizo to them and then popped them in the microwave for three minutes.

In the meantime, we made a sauce using the Aldi pasta sauce, some herbs, a touch of garlic and cheese and some salt and pepper (we also used half of this sauce for the meatballs too).

Once the potatoes were out of the microwave, we drizzled the sauce over them so that they were entirely coated in it. The potatoes were actually one of my favourite parts of the meal and they were ridiculously easy to make – three minutes in a microwave?! Count me in!

Chicken and chorizo

Autumnal Tapas

Chicken and chorizo is a delectable dish to enjoy at any time of year but I knew that I definitely wanted it to be a part of my autumnal tapas menu with Aldi.

It was so incredibly simple to make but so effective and so bloody delicious and I’m already dreaming about it again…

We diced up the chicken breast and cooked them in a frying pan on a very low heat with some garlic and herbs and, you guessed it, some salt and pepper thrown in too. We then added some diced chorizo and the Wagyu beef jerky and sprinkled some cheese that we had left over in the fridge and omfg the result was immense.

I think this was potentially my favourite autumnal tapas dish that we made with Aldi; the flavours were insane and and I would 100% cook this again.

Beef meatballs

This dish was yet another one that was remarkably easy to make. We cooked the meatballs in the oven for 25 minutes, ensuring that they were piping hot all the way through. We then used the remainder of the Aldi pasta sauce that was also used for the patatas bravas. The sauce itself wasn’t the nicest pasta sauce I’ve ever had but the meatballs were incredibly juicy and tasty and I would definitely recommend them! They were also only £1.89 for a pack of 12 which is an absolute bargain!

The rest of the dishes we made required very little preparation or organisation; we simply whacked them in the oven and left them to cook for their allotted time. I’m not a huge fan of spring rolls but Matt is and he absolutely adored the vegetable spring rolls from Aldi; the haddock fillets were incredibly tasty and the batter was lightly crispy and extremely moreish.

One dish we weren’t too keen on was the sweet potato fries as they were a little too soggy and just not quite crispy enough for our liking. Everything else was absolutely perfect though, and I really couldn’t fault it!

Tapas is absolutely one of my favourite meals to make/eat and the autumnal tapas spin was definitely a good idea! Thank you so much to Aldi for providing us with the ingredients to make these wonderful dishes; I’m definitely going to be shopping at Aldi again as the food is truly wonderful and so incredibly affordable!

Autumnal Tapas With Aldi

What autumnal tapas dish would you like to make? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

*This was a collaborative post with Aldi but all thoughts and opinions regarding autumnal tapas are entirely my own. Please see my disclaimer for more.

17 Comments

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th November 2018 / 11:43 am

      Tapas is definitely the best!

  1. Lisa's Notebook
    8th November 2018 / 5:43 pm

    This post could not have come at a better time, we are off to our local Aldi tomorrow! I adore tapas and I agree with you completely about the choice and value at Aldi, no wonder they are scoring so many points over the other supermarket retailers. Great choices, looks so yummy! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th November 2018 / 11:43 am

      Ahh amazing! I hope you picked up some great bits! X

  2. 8th November 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Not only does the food look incredible, it’s crazy just how much you got for the price as well.. 😍 I really need to start shopping more at Aldi, I’m always being told their food is really good quality for the price as well! 🙊

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th November 2018 / 11:44 am

      I couldn’t believe how affordable it all was! X

  3. Creative Nails
    8th November 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Aldi is actually a really great place to shop – it’s surprising how much they actually have available! Especially with the wide range of products too. I have got quite a few good non-food products like this gorgeous wooden box I have for storing my paint products – it’s such good quality and wasn’t expensive either! Looks like you made some great dishes at such a cheap price. It’s making me hungry looking at them pictures as I haven’t had dinner yet, haha.

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th November 2018 / 11:44 am

      I really couldn’t believe how much stuff they had! X

  4. 8th November 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Man! I really wish we had an Aldi nearby! All the deals I see people talking about from there are just incredible! All of this looks so good and seasonal!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th November 2018 / 11:44 am

      It really was so good Kristin!

  5. 8th November 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Ooh Aldi isn’t somewhere I usually shop but I love tapas and it’s insane that you got all of this amazing looking food for under £20- I’m definitely tempted to go there one shop and see what they have now!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th November 2018 / 11:44 am

      I know! I really couldn’t believe it!

  6. Kim
    11th November 2018 / 11:40 am

    This all looks delicious. I love tapas and Aldi have a great range of affordable options. We often shop there.

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th November 2018 / 4:36 pm

      They really do!

  7. 12th November 2018 / 9:51 am

    I’ve never been to a tapas restaurant but “picky meals” are my absolute fave, I love having a little bit of everything so this meal would have gone down a treat!

    • 14th November 2018 / 7:59 am

      I’m sure you would have loved it! It was so easy to make and so effective and delicious! Xx

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