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Feeling nostalgic for grandma’s comfort food? Here are our tips to create quick and easy holiday dishes reminiscent of nana’s kitchen!

Tourtière in a jif!

We have a stress-free version for you to try, and the comforting taste is sure to remind you of the pies your grandma used to make.

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Rather than cutting your potatoes into cubes, grate them! For seasoning your meat, we recommend using a four-spice blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ground ginger. The cooking and prep time will be significantly cut down.

Fast-paced prep

In a large pot, sauté a minced onion in oil and brown 500 grams of semi-lean ground pork for three or four minutes. Add two crushed garlic cloves and season with spices. Next, add one cup of veal stock and simmer over low heat, covered, until the liquid is absorbed by the meat. Add two cups of grated potatoes, mix, and let cool completely. Spread the mixture over a nine-inch pie dish covered with crust, and cover with another crust, making an incision over top to let the heat escape. Coat the dough with a beaten egg and cook in the oven at 375°F for 40 to 50 minutes.

No-fuss turkey

With a little planning, you can make a turkey grandma would be proud of. Plus, you’ll save on time and effort in the kitchen!

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When it comes time to baste your turkey with fat, opt for flavoured butter, and season with a prepared spice blend. These ingredients can easily be found at the grocery store, so you won’t have to fuss over aromatics!

Presto prep

Before cooking, make sure to marinate your turkey in salted water in the fridge for 24 hours. Next, rinse it thoroughly and dry with an absorbent paper towel. Place your turkey in a roasting pan, breast-side up, and baste it with the flavoured butter, under and over the skin. Season with salt, pepper, and a spice mix. Add three cups of chicken broth into the recipient and cook in the oven at 325°F. Continue cooking until a meat thermometer inserted into the turkey reaches 180°F (calculate 45 minutes of cooking per kilogram).

Simple cream fudge

Does the memory of your nana’s cream fudge make your mouth water? Making this holiday classic is easier than you may think!

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To make this dessert even faster, simply cook it in the microwave! It will be as divine as the one from your childhood but will only take a fraction of the time to prepare.

Fast-track prep

In a microwave-safe measuring cup, mix two cups of brown sugar with one cup of 35% cream. Microwave for four minutes, mix the mixture, and microwave for another four minutes. Add two tablespoons of melted butter and blend with an electric mixer for two minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Pour into an eight-inch square-shaped baking dish lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for two hours, then cut into small squares.

A new take on old-fashioned donuts

Rediscover the unique taste of grandma’s donuts with this more accessible yet just as tasty recipe!

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To help your donut dough rise to perfection, add beer to your mixture. The yeast in the beer will make the dough light and crispy, just like nana’s!

Donuts in 3 easy steps!

In a terrine, pour one cup of flour in wells, and add a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of oil, and three eggs, mixing in between each addition. Knead the dough a few minutes and pour two cups of blonde beer, kneading until smooth. Set aside for about an hour. When it comes time to cook, add three egg whites, beaten until soft peaks form, and fry the ice-cream-scoop-sized balls until golden. With a little ingenuity this Christmas, you can save lots of time without compromising on grandma’s classic dishes!