Holiday Meal for Two

Alicia W
by Alicia W
2 servings
7 hr

Holiday meals are a time to treat yourself to something you wouldn't normally make on a average day. And cooking for two is tricky to get the proportions correct so you don't have too many leftovers or not enough food. Here is a complete meal that just perfect for two people and that's a little extra special.

Short ribs, cauliflower mashed potatoes and green beans with almonds & bacon.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

brown the short ribs

Remove the ribs and add onion, garlic, and tomato paste to the pan

Add carrots and beef broth to crock pot. Add ribs onto along with tarragon and a bay leaf.

After cooking, short ribs are tender and juicy

Green Beans with Bacon & Almonds

Cook your bacon

Add almonds, bacon, and butter. Stir to combine

Cover and allow to steam

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Using a kitchen towel, remove the water from the cauliflower

After the water is removed

Add sour cream and butter to cauliflower and combine

Place the cauliflower mixture in a food processor and mix until smooth

Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 1 Hours Cook time: 6 Hours Total time: 7 hr
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Slow-Cooker Short Ribs
  • 2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of small carrots
  • 2 large onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 4 oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 14oz can beef broth4
  • 4 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
Green Beans with Almonds & Bacon
  • 2 cups fresh green beans
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Slow-Cooker Short Ribs
Cut onions into into 1/2 wedges
Mince the garlic
Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
Brown ribs on all sides
Remove ribs from skillet and set aside
Add onion to the skillet and brown 8-9 minutes or until tender
Add garlic and tomato paste and cook one minute longer
Stir in wine and bring to a boil
Cook 8-10 minutes or until liquid has thickened
Place carrots and broth into slow cooker. Place ribs on top. Add onion mixture, thyme and bay leaf.
Cook on low 6 hours or until meat is tender
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Chop cauliflower into very small pieces
Place in a bowl, cover and microwave 3 minutes to steam
Remove cauliflower from microwave and allow to cool.
Using a kitchen towel, pour cauliflower into the middle of the towel. Bring the towel's ends together and squeeze the water from the cauliflower.
Continue to squeeze until all of the water is removed.
Place cauliflower back into a bowl
Add sour cream and butter into cauliflower
Mix until combine
Using a food processor, blend until mixture is smooth
Green Beans with Almonds & Bacon
In a skillet, brown bacon over medium heat
Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel.
Into the skillet, add beans and almonds
Stir to combine
Crumble and add bacon to skillet
Add two tablespoons of butter allowing it to melt then scrap the good bits off the bottom of the skillet
Cover and lower heat allowing beans to steam 5-6 minutes
Plating for Dinner
With a large spoon, remove the carrots and a small amount of juice from short ribs and place on a plate. Place a short rib on top.
Using a ice cream scoop, place one scoop of cauliflower mashed onto the plate. Add fresh chives and a small pat of butter.
Place half of the greens beans onto the plate.
Present this simple yet elegant dinner to the one you love (or the one your trying to impress).
  • If you would like the juice from the short ribs to be thicker, add a small amount of cornstarch to thicken.
  • The cauliflower mashed will not be smooth like potatoes but the sour cream gives it that creamy flavor.
Alicia W
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