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Recipe: Make a delicious holiday meal just for two

This Christmas try a ham and cauliflower gratin, with a champagne vinaigrette and eggnog crème brûlée

for CBC News

December 05, 2015

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Tips for a special meal for two people  5:53

For those having a quiet Christmas, making a turkey dinner may be just too much work — and leave too many leftovers.

"We all grew up with mom's stuffing that you loved, or your grandma's homemade cranberry sauce, so there's a lot of pressure to maintain the integrity of your family's tradition," said Angie Quaale, who runs Langley gourmet food store Well Seasoned.

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"But I think it's a good time to incorporate some new things into your menu, it's a good opportunity to try something new."

In the video above she showed CBC host Gloria Macarenko three dishes perfect for a meal for two:

The recipes for these dishes can be found below:

Ham & Cauliflower Gratin

Ingredients:

Method:

Heat oven to 400° F.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and light

golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the ham and cook, 2 minutes. Add the cream, milk, cheese, 1/4 teaspoon

salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until thickened, about

4 minutes. Add the cauliflower.

Transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with the bread crumbs, parmesan and thyme. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the cauliflower is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

Method:

Whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt & pepper in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in

the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Alternatively, you can combine all the ingredients in a blender or a

food processor and purée until smooth.

Eggnog Crème Brulee

Ingredients:

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°. In a large saucepan, combine eggnog, cream, egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar. Cook and stir

over medium heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat; stir in

rum, vanilla and nutmeg. Transfer to 4 ovenproof ramekins. Place cups in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling

water to pan. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until centers are just set (mixture will jiggle slightly). Remove

ramekins from water bath; cool 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Sprinkle custards with sugar. Heat sugar with a torch until caramelized. Serve immediately.If broiling the custards, place ramekins on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Broil 8 in. from the heat 4-7 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. Refrigerate 1-2

hours or until firm.

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