During my most recent Aldi visit, I was browsing through the selection of cheeses and cured meats to see what I could find to serve as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. Somehow, I actually stumbled upon something even better.
Sitting next to all the traditional packages of refrigerated ravioli, I found a package of Priano Turkey Cranberry Ravioli ($2.99) — also known as "Thanksgiving in a bite." Intrigued, I took a closer look and learned more. They're regular pasta pouches filled with slow-roasted turkey, stuffing, cheese, and cranberries.
I threw a pack in my cart (I couldn't wait to have all those Thanksgiving flavors a few weeks early!) and figured the obvious choice for a sauce would be a turkey gravy ($0.89), so I bought a jar of that. Then, I saw the Happy Farms Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese ($2.99) and thought that would go nicely, too. Thanksgiving ravioli prepared two ways? Yes, please!
From the refrigerator, they only take about four minutes to cook through in boiling water, so they were ready in no time. When the raviolis were piping hot, just out of the boiling water, I crumbled some of the white cheddar on top — along with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper, and it was absolutely delicious! The cheddar melted a little bit, leaving a creamy coating on the pasta. Each bite was a little sweeter than the last. But not too sweet.
If you're looking for something more traditional, I'd suggest the turkey gravy. It really helps the Thanksgiving flavors shine through. And, even though the turkey was not dry by any means, it made for extra-moist and tender meat.
The final takeaway: Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but for those of us who can't wait for a taste of all those classic, yummy foods, this ravioli is the ideal stand-in. You get an entire Thanksgiving meal in just a few minutes — and you only have to clean up one pot!
Have you tried these? What'd you think?