Aldi Will Be Selling 5 Irish-Inspired Cheeses In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

From Irish cheddar to pesto Gouda, the St. Patrick's Day cheese at Aldi sounds pretty magical.

What better way to celebrate the patron Saint of Ireland than with some Irish treats? Traveling can be expensive, but with help from some Aldi cheese, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as if you were sitting in an Irish pub. Psst! Did you know corned beef isn’t typical pub food over in the Emerald Isle? These Irish-style soups are the preferred go-to back home.

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Meet the Cheese

Everyone’s favorite discount store is offering five kinds of cheese from Happy Farms:

  • Pesto Gouda
  • English Sage Derby
  • Aged Irish Cheddar
  • Irish Cheddar With Beer
  • Irish Cheddar With Whiskey

I don’t know why it takes a special holiday to appreciate these fantastic cheeses, which are so packed with flavor they deserve to be eaten with four-cheese baked eggs, on top of cheddar chili burgers and in soups (like our famous potato beer cheese soup); but St. Patrick’s Day is as good a time as any.

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Irish Cheddar

Aldi is bringing back not one, but three types of Irish cheddar. What sets it apart from your typical cheddar? Happy Farms’ offerings have a deep, mature flavor with a distinct sweetness and light, barely-there smokiness. This not-so-subtle cheese is a superstar on any cheese board because it perfectly bridges the gap between hard and soft cheese. When it’s infused with whiskey or beer it takes on a whole new flavor—and makes a delightful addition to grilled cheese or any one of our favorite cheddar recipes.

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Pesto Gouda

The Happy Farms Pesto Gouda is smoky, sweet, herbal and floral. Add it to a breakfast strata or stuffed pork cutlets. (You can also get more of our favorite Gouda recipes here).

Emporium Selection English Sage DerbyCourtesy Aldi

Sage Derby

Finally, the English Sage Derby cheese features a mottled green-and-white appearance while boasting a mild, sage flavor. Try it on its own or paired with fruit.

Expect to find the cheeses in Aldi stores starting March 4, all retailing for a budget-friendly $3.99. But hurry! If last year was anything to go by, we doubt they’ll last long.

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Laura Denby
Laura is a New York-based freelance food writer with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education and a degree in Journalism from Penn State. Her work has appeared in Taste of Home, Chowhound, the Culture Trip and Patch.