Sunday, November 1, 2015

Appetitos Reuben Bites (Aldi)

These surprisingly aren't bad at all.
I’m not a big fan of Reubens at all, with the sole exception of the ones my wife makes.  Sure, she uses only ingredients that can be found at any supermarket, but there’s just something about her combination that taste way better than the ones I’ve tried from any restaurant.

My wife is a HUGE fan of Reubens, however, so we purchased these Reuben bites the last time they were available as a Special Buy at Aldi.  I remembered liking them a lot, but never reviewed them, so it took no hesitation on either of our parts’ to purchase them again the next time they were being offered.

They look similar to pretty much everything else Appetitos offers--needless to say, they are breaded chunks of fat- and cholesterol-filled goodness.  For the price, you get about eight or nine good-sized bites--there were more than enough there to fill up my wife and I (though we used them as a side dish).  All you do is pop them out of the box, put them on a baking sheet, and bake them in the oven for ten or so minutes; the prep work couldn’t be any easier.

I always require some kind of dipping sauces with my appetizers, and these were no exception--I turned to a bottle of Thousand Island dressing, which I figured was appropriate.  Even without sauce, these things are pretty good, although as you would expect, they’re pretty darn salty.  The meat, while coming nowhere close to the taste of a good Reuben, is pretty good for a frozen appetizer--I would go so far as to say that these are chain restaurant quality (though “chain” and “quality” are often oxymorons); the thing is, you would pay upwards of $8 for these at a restaurant, whereas these are a mere $2.49 (which is fifty cents more than the average product in the line, but still not too expensive at all).  There’s already some dressing inside, but more is always better, so I finished them off by dipping them in some fresh Thousand Island, which honestly took these to a whole ‘nother level.

In short, these weren’t quite as mind-blowingly good as I remember, but for fans of this kind of stuff, it’s still a worthy way to spend $2, and I will still pick these up in the future from time to time when they are offered.

Overall: 7/10. These aren’t as amazing as I remember them, but Appetitos Reuben Bites are still pretty good, especially when dipped in a dressing (such as Thousand Island, which really makes the flavor pop).  On their own, they’re a little salty (par for the course) and not really that close to the flavor of a well-made Reuben, but for a frozen appetizer that costs a mere $2.49, what did you honestly expect?  Given the price, and their only occasional availability as Aldi special buys, these are worth picking up at least a couple of times a year.

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  1. I'm also a big fan of a "good" Reuben. Unfortunately a "good" Reuben is hard to find, so I tend to just make my own once or twice a year. When I saw these Reuben bites at Aldi, I insisted on trying them. I ended up deep frying them, and also dipped them in Thousand Island dressing. As a snack, they were pretty good but I didn't find them too fulfilling on their own.

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    1. Yeah, I guess you're right. The name brand uses melted Asadero and mozzarella cheeses, which is probably the same concoction used here. Good call!

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