Strudel is a classic European food that consists of layered pastry with either a sweet or savory filling. It has origins in Austria, but it’s also popular among Austria’s neighbors, including Germany. That’s why strudel shows up at Aldi a couple of times a year when the discount grocer sells German or German-inspired foods such as pickles, schnitzel, whole grain mustard, Jaffa cakes, cream cakes, and more.
Aldi sells both savory and sweet strudel for a short time during its German week. Today, I’m looking at one of the savory strudel options.
Deutsche Küche Spinach & Ricotta Strudel cost $3.99 for 10.6 ounces at the time of publication. It was sold alongside a similar Artichoke and Cheese Strudel.
The package describes this as “delicate puff pastry filled with the perfect blend of spinach and ricotta cheese.” This is a product of Italy and is “inspired by Germany.”
Ingredients are: wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening, spinach, béchamel sauce, ricotta cheese, onion, cheese, salt, food starch-modified, breadcrumbs, wheat fiber, garlic powder, nutmeg, and skim milk.
The label includes a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil mixed designation.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains wheat and milk. It may contain egg and soy.
There are two servings per package, and one 150-gram serving has 390 calories, 23 grams of total fat (29% DV), 12 grams of saturated fat (60% DV), 5 mg of cholesterol (2% DV), 590 mg of sodium (26% DV), 37 grams of total carbohydrates (13% DV), 3 grams of dietary fiber (11% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, no added sugars, and 8 grams of protein.
There are directions for baking in a conventional oven. Preheat the oven to 395 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the frozen strudel on a baking sheet on the center of the baking tray. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the surface is golden brown and an internal temperature of 170 degrees is reached.
This was done after about 21 minutes in my oven. The pastry didn’t seem to crisp up as much as the Artichoke and Cheese variety, but it was fine. My family thought this strudel version had more flavor compared to the mild-tasting Artichoke and Cheese Strudel, but it doesn’t skimp on the spinach, so you’ll want to have an appreciation for the leafy veggie if you try this. It is a good way to get a small amount of vegetables into an otherwise heavy, starchy meal if you eat this alongside other Aldi German classics such as schnitzel and noodles.
Deutsche Küche Spinach & Ricotta Strudel features flaky pastry with ricotta cheese and plenty of spinach. If you like German-inspired food or pastries, you might want to try this strudel.