Are you planning on doing your shopping at ALDI this Thanksgiving? Want to create a full Thanksgiving feast (with leftovers) for under $40? If you answered yes to either of those questions, keep on reading and see how you can create a tasty, cheap Thanksgiving dinner from ingredients found at ALDI. Get the prices on all the turkeys.
UPDATED for 2020
Today is going to be a first in the 8 plus year history of Eat Like No One Else. I am going to talk about ALDI. It's probably about time, the store has been super trendy lately. The company continues to add more stores all the time. So I thought it was time to give ALDI the Eat Like No One Else treatment. What a perfect time to do it for Thanksgiving!
In this post I am going to show you how to shop for your entire Thanksgiving meal at ALDI.
Before we get into individual prices, let me list some of the classic Thanksgiving dishes. I will then show you have to you can get what you need for these dishes at ALDI.
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Squash
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie
- Cranberry Sauce
That is your basic Thanksgiving menu without being ultra fancy.
I am going to list what I would buy for my family of 6. I would definitely have leftovers with this meal. I include ingredients you need to buy, like milk for mashed potatoes. Keep in mind I would have leftovers of the milk as well as the other ingredients.
What is the Price of a Turkey?
Here is what a turkey will cost you at ALDI:
|Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey||$.45/lb|
|Butterball Frozen Turkey||$.87/lb|
|Never Any Antibiotic Free Whole Frozen Turkey||$1.29/lb|
|Honeysuckle Frozen Bone-In Turkey Breast||$1.39/lb|
|Butterball Smoked Turkey||$1.99/lb|
|Kirkwood Boneless Turkey Breast||$8.99 for 48oz|
Clearly you can get the star of the show at ALDI. They have several options with the cheapest being the Honeysuckle White. If you want to spring for a higher quality turkey than go with the Never Any Antibiotic Free Turkey.
ALDI did not have any fresh or organic turkeys at all.
Here is the breakdown for a 14-pound turkey, the size I get when it's just my family:
|Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey||$6.30|
|Butterball Frozen Turkey||$.87/lb||+$5.88|
|Never Any Antibiotic Free Whole Frozen Turkey||$1.29/lb||+$11.76|
My favorite way to cook a turkey is to use a Dry Brine Butterflied Method. It makes for less stress on turkey day as you prepare before hand and it cooks really fast.
Here is a list of prices on potatoes to buy for mashed potatoes
|Red potatoes||$2.29 for 5 lbs|
|Yellow potatoes||$2.59 for 5 lbs|
|Russet potatoes||$2.39 for 5 lbs|
|Medley potatoes||$2.99 for 24oz bag|
The Russet potatoes are the perfect choice for my No Peeling Necessary Baked Mashed Potatoes. For those potatoes you will need some butter ($2.29 for 4 sticks) and milk ($1.98 for gallon of whole milk).
💲 Cost for my family: $6.66 (will have milk and butter leftover)
Your basic sweet potatoes are going for $1.89 for a 3 pound bag.
💲 Cost for my family: $1.89
Acorn or butternut squash were going for 39 cents a pound and 59 cents a pound respectively. Curious which to get? Check out my post on the differences between acorn and butternut squash.
As for how I would cook the squash, I like to combine them with sweet potatoes and do a sautee, like I did with this recipe. I prefer butternut squash over acorn, so that's what I am picking for my family. I am figuring on a 2 pound butternut squash
💲 Cost for my family: $1.18
You have to have at least one green veggie to add to the meal, right? While a lot of people do green bean casserole, we opt an easier, lighter option. This time of year is when Brussels sprouts are at their peak of flavor. You can slice them in half and throw them in the oven when the turkey comes out.
💲 Cost for my family: $2.59 for 1 lb bag
I like to make gravy using a roux. I combine turkey stock, flour, and butter. The butter we already picked up and used for the mashed potatoes. You will need a stick here for 4 cups of gravy.
ALDI has turkey stock as a seasonal item. Since I am cooking a turkey why not use that instead chicken stock? The price is $1.49 for 32ounces. The all-purpose flour I will use to thicken the gravy as well as to make the crust of my pie is $1.15 for a 5 pound bag.
💲 Cost for my family: $2.64 for the stock and the flour
I never stuff my bird. It slows down the cooking for the turkey, which can lead to dry meat. That doesn't mean I don't serve stuffing (or as it is called outside the bird, dressing).
I believe dressing should be a kind of a kitchen sink deal, where you throw whatever you have on hand. Dried cranberries, apples, carrots, celery, etc. Anything I need to use up in the fridge could be fair game.
Also add dried herbs you might have in your pantry. I usually clip some fresh sage from my herb garden to add to my stuffing (and the gravy as well). Let's say you don't have any, so I will add sage to the shopping list (it costs $1.69 for a container)
I am thinking a sausage stuffing pretty good. I could pick up ground Italian sausage from ALDI for $1.99. In case you don't have any leftover veggies to toss in, let's get a bag of celery for $.89.
🍴 Get our ALDI Inspired Stuffing Recipe
For the bread, the best thing I found was a loaf of Italian bread. You can just cut it into cubes the night before and let it dry out. The bread costs $1.69.
I would also add the rest of the turkey stock that you need for the gravy.
💲 Cost for my family: $6.26 for the sausage, celery, bread, and sage
One of my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the cranberries. There is a reason why I have 3 different cranberry sauce recipes on the blog (my favorite being the mulled spice cranberry sauce)
Just for the basic sauce, you will need a bag of cranberries ($1.39), sugar, and water from your faucet. The sugar I recommend is Morena Pure Cane Sugar. It is less processed than normal table sugar. I feel it's worth the cost. ALDI sells it for $1.95 for a 4 pound bag, which is a great deal. I will use the sugar for my pie as well.
💲 Cost for my family: $3.34 for all the ingredients
The final piece of the meal has to be the pumpkin pie. I am someone who opts for fresh pumpkin every time. But if you are doing all your shopping at ALDI that isn't an option. The second best choice would be to get organic canned pumpkin which costs $1.39 for a 15oz can.
I like to make a homemade crust. It's not too difficult and cheaper than buying a pre-made crust, much tastier too. You already have the flour and the butter.
You've gotta add some spice to that pie. Cinnamon is going for $1.69 for 1.7oz container. ALDI does not have a big selection of spices. I would also get some ginger and/or nutmeg to go with the pie, but if you just had cinnamon or just ginger you would still be fine.
💲 Cost for my family: $3.08 for canned pumpkin and spices
The Final Cost - $33.94
So when you add up all the items I mentioned above your total comes to $33.94. Yep for under $40 you got yourself a full Thanksgiving meal that would feed a family of 6 and have full leftovers for the next day and some leftovers for the following day. You could even get the Butterball turkey and still be under $40 or the Never Any turkey and stay under $50.
Here are a few extra items you could add to the meal if you like.
Nice addition to have on the table for your guests would be a some fresh pepper and salt ( $1.79 for a grinder). Freshly cracked pepper is a thing of beauty. It's always nice to have a little extra salt. Pick from either sea salt or the beautiful pink Himalayan salt.
Peanut Oil for Frying a Turkey
In case you want to deep fry your turkey you can get peanut oil at ALDI for $9.89 for 128 fl oz.. It's a special seasonal item. That is a pretty good price too for that much peanut oil.
Other Pie Options
If your not in the mood or like pumpkin pie, here are some other options to make pie fillings with:
|Frozen peaches||$2.09 for 16oz|
|Frozen medley berries||$1.85 for 12oz|
|Granny smith apples||$2.99 for 3 lbs|
Do you plan to do your Thanksgiving shopping at ALDI? What did you or will you buy? Leave a comment below.